The Aruba.it Ducati racing team will participate in the 2022 FIM World Supersport Championship, with Nicolo Bulega transitioning from Moto2 to join the team. The team’s announcement comes just a few days after Dorna and the FIM announced regulation changes that allow more models to participate in WorldSSP. Ducati returns to the WorldSSP Championship for the first time since 2007 with the Ducati Panigale V2.
Ducati has participated in 323 races in WorldSSP, racking up 8 pole positions, 4 wins, and 15 podiums. The WorldSBK website also mentions that their best finish in the Manufacturer’s Championship was 2nd, in the year 2000, when they finished 39 points behind Yamaha.
Bulega, still 21 years old, spent the last 7 seasons between Moto3 and Moto2. As a youngster, he enjoyed a fair bit of success, winning the 2011 Italian and European MiniGP Junior 50 series, the Italian PreGP 125 championship, the 2013 PreGP 250 category championship, and the 2015 CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship. He wasn’t as fortunate during his time in Moto2 and Moto3. However, he will be looking for a fresh start once his season with the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team comes to an end.
Ducati has not announced if there will be another rider joining them or if this will be a one-man team. At the moment, the Aruba.it team participates in the World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK) with Scott Redding and Michael Rinaldi.