Menghi, VFT steps up to WSBK with Ducati

Fabio Menghi and his VFT team will step up to the World Superbike Championship in 2016 with Ducati machinery.
Fabio Menghi will bolster the Ducati ranks on the World Superbike Championship grid in 2016 after confirming his VFT team will switch to the premier class this season.

The experienced Italian has raced Yamaha machinery in the Supersport class since 2012, enjoying his best season yet in 2015 by scoring in all but four races en route to 15th in the overall standings, with a best finish of sixth place at Misano.

For 2016, however, Menghi has confirmed to that he will make the step into World Superbikes with his family-run VFT team having taken purchase of a Ducati 1199 Panigale R.

“The level of SBK is very, very high but I think that now the level is high in every class and championships so we must to work strong for make the best possible,” he said.

“I wanted to change class because I'm tall at 1.86m so it is very difficult for me to ride a smaller bike as I did in World SSP. Though we will have limited testing before the first race in Australia, I think that we can make a good season.”

Menghi and VFT's presence will bring the number of Ducati representatives up to a confirmed number of four 1199s – along with the two factory bikes and the Barni entry -, though Matteo Baiocco has been linked to a fifth privateer entry as well.
by Ollie Barstow

Tagged as: Ducati , Fabio Menghi , VFT

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January 19, 2016 2:11 PM

A true privateer effort by the sounds of it. He and his team may not be challenging at the front but from a spectators point of view this can only be good news having more riders and teams out on track. All the best to them

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