Moto Rapido Ducati sign Baiocco for BSB 2013

"I look forward to the challenge of the riders in BSB and do my best to be competitive in the best national series of the world" - Matteo Baiocco.
Reigning Italian Superbike champion Matteo Baiocco has signed a one-year deal with Moto Rapido Ducati for this year's MCE British Superbike Championship.

The 28-year-old rode with the Winchester-based squad at Silverstone last year as an injury replacement (pictured) and returns for a full season with the blessing of Ducati, where he is the official 1199 Panigale test rider.

“I am very happy to finally formalise my agreement with the team Moto Rapido,” said Baiocco. “We have been working for this together for a long time and I really want to thank Steve Moore for the opportunity. During 2012 I had already got to know the team Moto Rapido and BSB, I like the team very much and I was excited to race BSB.

“This will be a very important season for me after winning in Italy I look forward to the challenge of the riders in BSB and do my best to be competitive in the best national series of the world. I'm preparing for the best to be ready at the first race. I want to say thank you to Ducati Corse and Ducati UK who will help us in this season.

“We will do our best to be competitive and fight with our 1199 Panigale R. A big hello to all the British fans that are unique and have great passion and loyalty for racing.”

Team principal Steve Moore added: “Firstly I am really pleased to continue our project in BSB with Ducati and I am very happy to have put pen to paper with Matteo over the Christmas break. He is quite a character and I am sure the BSB fans will love him.

“Matteo is twice Italian Superbike Champion with Ducati and his strong links to the factory brings increased technical support from Ducati Corse. With the upgrade to the 1199R Panigale this year we are expecting to progress well. We are still a new team so the challenge has been huge, but this season is looking stronger than ever for us and we have more exciting news still to come.”

Moore also paid tribute to former rider Scott Smart, who is switching to the British Supersport Championship as part of a four-rider line-up for Oxford TAG Triumph.

“I would like to thank Scott Smart for the hard work of the last few seasons with us, his technical ability is astonishing and has helped us develop all areas of the 1199. We'll be cheering him on in Supersport this year,” said Moore.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 7:53 PM

Good luck Matteo and welcome to BSB! Also it is very nice to hear a Team Principal thanking and singing the praises of former rider Scott Smart - obviously well deserved. Best of luck in 2013 Smartie Pants!

aeaventures - Unregistered

January 05, 2013 1:26 PM

Blimey a team thanking there departing rider, a first in recent BSB methinks, some change so quick even the teams not sure who will be turning up!! Good luck to Moto Rapido and also good luck the Scott Smart, both are a credit to the sport and deserve a push forward duirng the coming season and with Baiocco on board there must be some proper stuff coming rapido's way, fingers crossed!

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