Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ducati, Team Althea part ways for 2013

Carlos Checa and the Ducati 1199 Panigale
Ducati Panigale RS13 Ducati Panigale RS13 Ducati Panigale RS13 Ducati Panigale RS13
Carlos Checa will race a Ducati Panigale RS13 in World Superbikes next year, but Team Althea, with whom Checa won the WSBK championship in 2011, won't be around...

Ducati had earlier announced they will go to World Superbikes in 2013, with 2011 WSBK champ Carlos Checa riding the new Ducati 1199 Panigale. Moving from his 2011 championship-winning 1198, Checa continues to work with Ducati towards developing and fine-tuning the formidable Panigale for next year, but Team Althea (with whom Checa won the WSBK championship in 2011) will no longer be in the picture.

“Despite 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,” says a press release from Ducati.

With The Doctor moving his MotoGP clinic from Ducati to Yamaha next year, the Italian company, which has anyway been so hugely successful in World Superbikes in the past, will now have the resources to field a full factory-backed effort in WSBK in 2013 and beyond. And with the revolutionary new Panigale RS13, which definitely looks like it can take on anything that BMW and Aprilia can throw at it, Ducati could well be back on top in World Superbikes in 2013.

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