Heading into his first year in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, Federico Caricasulo will be one to keep an eye on in 2020, after missing out on the World Supersport crown by just six points in 2019.
The 23-year-old started his racing career when he was just nine years old competing in the Minimoto Championship in Italy. In 2007 he was selected to compete with Honda Italia in the Italian Championship CIV, where he remained until becoming 2014 Italian Supersport Champion.
Caricasulo made his debut in the WorldSBK paddock the following year, when he raced in the STK600 Championship taking several podium finishes and a victory the same year.
The man from Ravenna then moved to WorldSSP in 2016, continuing to improve at a breakneck pace. His first podium dropped in Round 1 at Phillip Island, with a pole position and ninth in the standings rounding off a positive debut year. Caricasulo switched to GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team for 2017, picking up three wins and a further seven podiums across two seasons.
2019 saw him join the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team, still on Yamaha machinery. His results instantly improved: three wins, nine podiums overall and four pole positions which allowed him to compete for the title right up to the final moments of the season.
While Caricasulo fell just short of the title, his impressive performances earned him a move up to WorldSBK and back with GRT Yamaha, now rebranded as the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team. Expectations will be high for the Italian’s rookie year in the class.
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