The World Superbike Championship teams’ presentations continue to follow one another. It’s the turn of the Aruba Ducati, the great alternative to Kawasaki in the 2020 World Championship. The decoration of the bike does not present any great novelties, but we have been able to see Ducati’s great new weapon, Scott Redding
The British rider, who is coming to replace Alvaro Bautista on Ducati, wore the colours of the Borgo Panigale brand at the Imola circuit, where the team has been flying. Redding is Ducati’s big bet to break the tyranny of Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki, who have already accumulated five consecutive World Championships.
Scott Redding was the big news at the presentation at Imola
Ducati looked like they were going to win the World Superbike last year after Álvaro Bautista won the first eleven races in a row. But then suddenly there was an unprecedented blackout, and Rea made up the difference in a flash to win his fifth straight.
Alongside Redding was Chaz Davies, who has to step up to the plate after a rather hesitant season. Despite his weak performance in 2019, the Brit is one of the few riders who has kept his grip on the big teams, alongside Rea, Tom Sykes and Michael Van der Mark.
But the hope is Scott Redding. The British rider has left his own fans in awe these past few days at the Cheste circuit, where he flew a Ducati Panigale V4 S, practically a street bike with which Redding was 3.4 seconds away from the fastest lap of a MotoGP bike in 2019. Amazing.
It was so amazing that even Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali made a mention of it on Twitter. It is clear that at Borgo Panigale there is a lot of excitement in the hands of Redding, who is expected to start dominating already at Phillip Island, as Alvaro Bautista did a year ago. We’ll see what 2020 has in store.