Checa set for Ducati Superbike
DUCATI PANIGALE 1199: Carlos Checa will be aboard a racing version for the 2013 World Superbikes championship.
BOLOGNA, Italy - 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. 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 co-operation, the relationship between Ducati and Team Althea Racing will now end. The co-operation from 2010-12 reached major sporting achievements, including winning the 2011 Manufacturers’ and Riders’ Superbike World championships in addition to the 2011 Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles of the Superstock series.
Despite both parties’ intention to continue the collaboration, an agreement between Althea and the Bologna-based bikemaker's management has not been found for 2013.
Nevertheless, Ducati says, the exceptionally good relationship Ducati has enjoyed with Althea combined with the friendship and gratitude towards team owner Genesio Bevilacqua for his continuing efforts and loyalty, means other forms of co-operation have been found.
With Ducati’s 2013 plans now almost finalised, more details will be released in the coming week.