Ducati is finalising its plans for the 2013 World Superbike
Championship, both in the development of the 1199 Panigale and how it
will participate in the series.
The company has already
confirmed the renewal of its contract with Carlos Checa, who won the
2011 World Superbike Championship on a Ducati 1198, and the Spanish
rider will now continue development of the new Ducati 1199 Panigale
ready for its World Superbike debut year.
After three years of
constructive cooperation, the relationship between Ducati and Team
Althea Racing will now come to an end. The cooperation from 2010 to 2012
reached major sporting achievements, including winning the 2011
Manufacturers' and Riders' Superbike World Championship in addition to
the 2011 Manufacturers' and Riders' titles of the Superstock series.
both parties' intention to continue the collaboration, an agreement,
which meets the requirements of both Team Althea Racing and the
Bologna-based manufacturer's management, has not been found for 2013.
However, the exceptionally good relationship that Ducati has enjoyed
with Team Althea Racing, combined with the friendship and gratitude
towards team owner, Genesio Bevilacqua, for his continuing efforts and
loyalty during these years, means that other forms of cooperation
between Ducati and Team Althea could still be found in the future.
With Ducati's 2013 plans now almost finalised, more details will be released in the next few days