WSBK » Althea confirms Checa, Giugliano for 2012

Having come to an agreement with Ducati, Althea will run two bikes for its two 2011 champions Checa and Giugliano.

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October 18, 2011 1:07 PM

Two Althea bikes in the grid, two quality riders, that's good news. Next year the task will be learning for Giugliano, while another title for Checa. Great to see a team that rewards the results in a lower category.
Good luck for 2012!

John - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 3:51 PM

Nice slap in the face for Shakey Byrne there then. But Italians will always open doors for themselves. Who cares about ability. I mean look at that numpty Fabrizio... How on earth he has secured a ride with BMW Italia before people like Camier is beyond me... Oh hold on a minute... he's Italian !! That'll do it...!!

Tetley - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 4:02 PM

Of course Althea have re-signed with Ducati - they are a Ducati works team in all but name. This pretence of will they / won't they was just to cover up their "Works" status and prolong their "independant" sham. With the MotoGP team in disarray Ducati are relying upon WSB to sell their bikes - with the "get-out" option of saying Althea are a private team if it all doesn't work out.


October 19, 2011 2:57 PM

re: "Althea's announcement comes after its manager Genesio Bevilacqua was involved with intense negotiations with Ducati over the level of support it would receive in 2012".

translation... genesio, we've got quite the fiscal sh!tstorm going with this valentino rossi thing and since we did originally pull out of WSBK to save money. nothing personal, but we're seriously thinking about pulling support for your team next year. ya know, the same way we did with the latus team in the states earlier THIS year.


October 30, 2011 10:28 PM
Last Edited 1559 days ago

Congratulations on another championship Ducati. Maybe this year you will make sure Checa waits until the last few laps before he passes and quickly pulls half a lap ahead of everyone else.

I don't blame Yamaha and Suzuki for wanting out of this series, why bother when over the past decade a certain brand is given the advantage over and over again? Honda will be next and this series will be dead.

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