The Barni Racing Team has chosen Tito Rabat for the 2021 WorldSBK season.
The Catalan rider will defend the Bergamo team’s colours on the Ducati Panigale V4 R. And today he had his first contact with the new reality.
- Rea is back on Imola.
- Suzuki Endurance Team’s weekend action.
- India to get Panigale V2 soon.
- Kawasaki unveils the 2020 WSBK liveries.
In the Barni Racing Team factory, in Calvenzano – about thirty kilometres south of Bergamo.
Rabat has signed the contract that will bind him to the team for a season and has climbed on the new bike for the first time.
Ducati Corse sporting director Paolo Ciabatti was also present at the meeting.
“Tito” Rabat, born in Barcelona in 1989, was Moto 2 world champion in 2014 and has returned from five seasons in MotoGP. The last three races with the Avintia Racing Ducati GPs.
Rabat will make his debut in the factory derivatives world championship, bringing his experience as a rider. To the Barni Racing Team with fifteen titles held between 125, Moto 2 and MotoGP.
Marco Barnabò, Team Principal Barni Racing Team
I am thrilled with Tito’s agreement because I saw in him our same approach to work.
Significant commitment and determination to try to reach ambitious goals. Our whole team is ready to do their utmost to put it in the best conditions to do well ».
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director
We are delighted with the agreement reached between Marco Barnabò and Tito Rabat.
The Barni Racing Team has been a consolidated reality as a Ducati satellite structure in Superbike for many years.
And we are sure that in 2021 it will put Tito in the best conditions to express all his talent.
For his part, Rabat arrives in the SBK World Championship motivated to obtain significant results, and we are sure that he will be able to count on Barni’s maximum support to achieve them ».
Tito Rabat, # 53
After having raced in MotoGP for many years now, I can start a new adventure in Superbike.
And I want to show my full potential in this championship as well. I know that I will have excellent material. And a good team and for this opportunity.
I want to thank the Barni Racing Team and Ducati. For me, a new challenge begins today. I got on the Ducati Panigale V4 R for the first time.
And I can’t wait to take it to the track. I will work hard to be 100% ready right from the tests. And I hope to adapt as quickly as possible to obtain good results.