WorldSSP: Yari Montella joins Puccetti Kawasaki for the 2022 season | Superbikes of the world
Yari Montella will move from Moto2 to WorldSSP next year after signing a one-year contract with Puccetti Kawasaki.
Montella has had a disappointing first Grand Prix season – no points were scored in any of his seven completed innings, however, that doesn’t tell the whole story of what has been a complicated year for the 21-year-old …
While the Italian was hit by an injury to his right wrist and therefore missed some races, his team + EGO Speed Up Boscoscuro opted to call in Spain’s Fermin Aldeguer to replace him, even though the Italian has been declared fit to drive.
2021 was the first year of a three-year deal Montella and Speed Up signed ahead of the season, but the team opted to cancel the remaining two years and sign Aldeguer full-time instead.
Montella will now replace WorldSBK-linked Philipp Oettl and join former Moto3 rider Can Oncu at Puccetti Racing.
“I’m really happy to be part of a competitive team like Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, a team that has a history of winning and that will allow me to be competitive immediately,” added Montella.
“I will do everything possible to make the most of this great opportunity that is offered to me, and for which I must thank Manuel Puccetti, my family and all my sponsors.
“I can’t wait to get on the ZX-6R and start working with my new team. “
Montella’s bizarre Moto2 situation has already led him to race elsewhere, as he made his WorldSSP debut with the GMT94 Yamaha in Round 11 last month in Portimao.
“We are delighted to welcome Yari Montella to the team and have signed a one-year contract which will see him race in WorldSSP,” said team owner Manuel Puccetti.
“I’ve been following him since he won the Italian title in 2014 with a Kawasaki and I’m sure he’s one of the best talents on the bike right now.
“It will be our job to help him grow and express his full potential, as we have done with many young drivers in the past.
“His experience in Moto2, both in CEV and in the world championship, will be useful for him to approach the Supersport category.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Philipp Oettl the best of luck. We have shared two very important seasons, during which we landed eleven podiums and a pole position. We wish him all the best in his future career.”