The Autodrom in Most, Czech Republic, will host the seventh round of the 2023 WorldSBK season, which will then pause for the entire month of August and resume activities in France at Magny Course from September 8th to 10th.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team is already preparing for the first free practice sessions, which will begin tomorrow at 10:30 AM (CEST).
Alvaro Bautista arrives at the Czech Round as the championship leader with 391 points – 70 more than Razgatlioglu (Yamaha). The reigning World Champion has his sight set on two important milestones: achieving his 50th career victory in WorldSBK and securing his 18th win of the season (currently at 17), a record never achieved in the competition’s history.
For Michael Rinaldi, who has 129 points in the standings, the goal is to return to the podium after his five conquests at Phillip Island (Australia), Barcelona (Spain), and Misano (Italy).
Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #1)
“We are facing a very interesting challenge also because this will be the last round before the summer break. This is a circuit that we don’t have a lot of information about, having raced here only once with Ducati. It will be important to understand if the asphalt behaviour will have changed compared to last year when we had to use the harder tyres. But I remember having good feelings last season. So I’m looking forward to getting out on track tomorrow”.
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #21)
“After Imola, I worked hard to get back into the best possible physical condition. I have trained well and I feel much better. I’m glad to be in Most, a peculiar track, perhaps narrower and smaller than others, but with a layout that I like. I think we can have a good time this weekend, hoping, to be honest, for good weather too.”
After achieving a third and a second-place finish at Imola, Nicolò Bulega aims to put the Ducati Panigale V2 back on the top step of the podium to foster his leadership in the World Supersport Championship standings with 283 points, 41 more than Manzi (Yamaha).
Nicolò Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WSSP #11)
“Most is a circuit that I like. The goal is clearly to try to win. We couldn’t do it in Imola, which is why I carry an even stronger competitive spirit. I can’t wait to get on the track and have a great weekend.”