Matteo Baiocco, the current Italian Superbike Champion, has inked a one-year deal to join the Moto Rapido Ducati team to try and grab the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship. Baiocco rode for Moto Rapido Ducati at Silverstone in 2012 as an injury replacement. He is returning for a full season with the blessing of Ducati, where he is an official test rider of the 1199 Panigale.
The 28-year rider expressed delight with the formalization of his agreement with team Moto Rapido. He noted that during 2012, he had the opportunity to Moto Rapido team and BSB, adding that he is excited to compete in the championship. He remarked that 2013 will be a very important season for him after securing victory in Italy, adding that he looks forward to the challenge of riding in BSB, which he describes as the best national series in the world.
He thanked Ducati Corse and Ducati UK and greeted British fans. He also thanked team principal Steve Moore for the opportunity. Moore, on the other hand, remarked that he is pleased to continue their project in BSB with Ducati, adding he is happy with signing Baiocco over the Christmas break. He noted that Baiocco is “quite a character,” and BSB fans will love him.
Moore said that Baiocco is a two-time Italian Superbike Champion with Ducati, and his connection with the factory brings further technical support from Ducati Corse. He remarked that with the team’s upgrade to the 1199R Panigale in 2013, they are expecting to “progress well.” Moore quipped that since Moto Rapido Ducati is a new team, the challenge has been huge. Despite that, he expressed confidence that the season is “looking stronger than ever for” the team.