Ducati North America Welcomes Danilo Petrucci in MotoAmerica Superbike Debut for Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York
MotoGP Race Winner Danilo Petrucci is Set to Move Stateside for 2022
Sunnyvale, Calif., February 4, 2022 – Ducati North America is delighted to announce Danilo Petrucci has signed to race for the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York outfit for the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
Petrucci is a long-time member of the Ducatisti, having competed with the brand in MotoGP from 2015-2020, culminating in two glorious victories at the 2019 Italian and 2020 French Grand Prix races.
Petrucci’s return to the Ducati family will see the 31-year-old Italian make his Superbike debut on the Ducati Panigale V4 SBK machine built to factory specification by Ducati Corse in Italy.
Universally popular, Petrucci will relocate to America to be close to the team’s base in Pennsylvania and will undoubtedly be a huge hit with the passionate MotoAmerica fans and Ducatisti across the United States.
Danilo Petrucci: “I’m so happy that I am coming back to race with Ducati, and I would like to give a special thank you to all the Ducati people who made this project possible,” Petrucci said. “I spoke about this project with Eraldo Ferracci (Advisor, Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York) at Circuit of The Americas last year and all the management starting with Claudio Domenicali, Gigi Dall’Igna, Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozzi, and they were really happy to have me on board again. I want to continue to have fun and to keep riding my bike, so I have chosen this project to make a new experience on the human side. I will live in America, this is something new and exciting for me, so I am very curious and eager to start.”
Bobby Shek, Team Principal, Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York: “For 2022, we are coming back with another super-talented rider and ready to build on 2021,” Shek said. “We are thrilled we have Danilo on board and look forward to the challenge and opportunity.”
Jason Chinnock, CEO, Ducati North America: “It has long been our goal to return to the highest level of national road racing in the U.S. in the most competitive way,” said Chinnock. “Between an incredibly talented rider, the seasoned team at Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York and the support of our colleagues at Ducati Corse we are confident that we will deliver an exciting season for our Ducati fans and the sport motorcycling community alike.”
Wayne Rainey, President, MotoAmerica: “We’re really excited to see Danilo join the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York team for 2022,” Rainey said. “Danilo’s a world-class rider and very well-liked and respected, having had great success in MotoGP. Coming to MotoAmerica, Danilo will find some extremely competitive racing around some iconic racetracks, and I think he will really enjoy the culture of living in the United States and seeing this beautiful country.”
2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship
April 8-10 Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas
April 22-24 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Ga.
May 20-22 VIRginia International Raceway Alton, Va.
June 3-5 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 24-26 Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, Wash.
July 8-10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, Calif.
July 29-31 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, Minn.
August 19-21 Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum, Pa.
Sept . 9-11 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, N.J.
Sept. 23-25 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Ala.
About Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York
Founded in 2011, HSBK Racing partnered with Pennsylvanian dealership North American Warhorse/Ducati New York in 2020 to bring Ducati back to the forefront of professional Superbike competition in North America.
For 2022, MotoAmerica enters its eighth season as the premier road racing championship in North America.
MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership between three-time 500cc Grand Prix World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer, Wayne Rainey; former Vice President of Motorsports Operations at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), and former Managing Director of Team Roberts in MotoGP, Chuck Aksland; Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Terry Karges; and energy sector investor and businessman, Richard Varner.
Officially sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and comprising 10 rounds across the United States, MotoAmerica runs classes in the Superbike, Supersport, Junior Cup, Stock 1000, Twins Cup, King Of The Baggers, and Mini Cup categories.
MotoAmerica/American Motorcyclists Association will also return to Daytona as the official sanctioning body for the Daytona 200, a race that will see Ducati on the high Floridian banks with Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Supersport contender, Josh Herrin, on the Ducati Panigale V2.
More, from a press release issued by Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC:
Former MotoGP Pilot Danilo Petrucci to 2022 MotoAmerica with Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC
Danilo Petrucci will debut in MotoAmerica Superbike aboard the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V4R.
Danilo Petrucci, who competed in MotoGP from 2012 through 2021, will debut in the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship aboard the latest spec factory-supported Ducati V4R.
The 31-year-old Italian, who spent five years competing for Ducati in MotoGP, has signed with the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC team for the 2022 season.
The two-time MotoGP race winner (2019 Italian GP and 2020 French GP) Petrucci will also relocate to Pennsylvania near the team’s base in Scranton, PA.
“I’m so happy that I am coming back to race with Ducati, and I would like to give a special thank you to all the Ducati people who made this project possible,” Petrucci said. “I spoke about this project with Eraldo Ferracci at Circuit of The Americas last year and all the management starting with Claudio Domenicali, Paolo Ciabatti, Gigi Dall’Igna, and Davide Tardozzi, and they were really happy to have me on board again.
“I want to continue to have fun and to keep riding my bike, so I have chosen this project to make a new experience on the human side. I will live in America, this is something new and exciting for me, so I am very curious and eager to start.
“The 2021 season was a great learning year for us,” Team Principal Bobby Shek said. “I am proud of our team and what we achieved. Our goal was building a good database of notes and we achieved that and more.
“I don’t recall another first-year Superbike team being able to achieve nine podiums. For 2022, we are coming back with a new motorcycle and another super-talented rider and ready to build on 2021. We are thrilled we have Danilo on board and look forward to the challenge and opportunity.”
The team will have four premier sponsors:
· The Warhorse Group: Parent company to Ducati New York, North America Warhorse, Horsepower Harley Davidson, Williamsport Honda Husqvarna, DucPerformance.com, Warhorse HSBK Racing, Keystone Sanitary Landfill, and Mount Airy Casino Resort.
· Medallia: The pioneer and market leader in Experience Management. Medallia’s Experience Cloud is a customer feedback management software platform that empowers every employee to improve the customer experience.
· Parts Unlimited: The world’s largest distributor of aftermarket accessories in the powersports industry.
· The Riders Club at New Jersey Motorsports Park: NJMP’s premier motorcycle club offers track days for members and guests alike on NJMP’s two world-class road courses, Thunderbolt and Lightning.
In 2021, the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York team competed in its debut full MotoAmerica Superbike season with Frenchman Loris Baz. He piloted the Ducati Panigale V4R to nine podiums and finished fourth overall in the championship standings.
Stay tuned for more news as the Warhorse HSBK Ducati team focuses on pre-season testing aboard and stateside. The season starts in April alongside MotoGP in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas, Texas.
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