WSB: Alvaro Bautista and Nicolo Bulega unveil 2024 Racing Ducati livery

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The 2024 Racing Ducati World Superbike Championship livery has been unveiled in a presentation held during the Campioni in Pista event in Madonna di Campiglio.

Alongside their MotoGP counterparts, Alvaro Bautista and Nicolo Bulega revealed the new design, complete with its own version of the “fluorescent graphic detail that recalls the curve in the Ducati logo” seen on the MotoGP bike.

Bautista remains for a third straight campaign and is targeting a third consecutive title following his near-complete domination of the 2023 season. The Spaniard won 27 of the 36 races held last season, ending his campaign with a total of 40 podiums and only three DNFs.

“It is a big satisfaction to be back in a beautiful place like Madonna di Campiglio to present the bikes with which we will face a 2024 championship that will be extremely challenging, with so many changes both in terms of technical regulations and in terms of competitors,” Bautista said.

“We will immediately have to work hard to adapt to the new rules, but I believe that in any case, it will be a very enjoyable season. The goal is to reach our maximum potential as soon as possible so that we can then have fun in every round.

Alvaro Bautista and Nicolo Bulega onboard the 2024 bike

“There will also be changes in the garage with a new team-mate: Nicolò is young, strong, and has already proven to be fast. I would also like to welcome the new sponsors who will accompany me aboard a really beautiful bike. The hope is that we can all do a great job together and for that, I want to wish the guys in my team the best of luck.”

Bulega is promoted from the Racing Team’s Supersport project after dominating the class last year. The Italian claimed 16 victories onboard the Panigale V2 and finished the season 95 points clear of Stefano Manzi.

“I am very happy to have had the privilege of taking part in this ceremony,” Bulega said. “I remember very well when as a child I used to follow the Ducati team presentation in Madonna di Campiglio: being now among the protagonists of this event fills me with pride. I thank the Racing – Ducati team for believing in me and giving me the chance to ride this Panigale V4R that I find beautiful.

Let me make a joke: usually when a bike is beautiful it must also go fast. That’s why we have high expectations for this season. I’m sure we can do well. The package we have is excellent, I’m very excited and I’ll try to give my best right from the start.”

Both Bautista and Bulega will be back in action later this week for the Jerez Test (February 24-25), and then again of January 29-30 in Portimao. The third and final pre-season takes place at Phillip Island on February 19-20.

The 2024 WorldSBK season opener takes place at the iconic Australian circuit on February 23-25.