WSBK » Althea, Ducati 'split', future plans uncertain

Ducati insists it will continue in the World Superbike Championship next season despite ending its agreement with the Althea Racing team.

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October 28, 2012 3:04 PM

With the cost of a superbike around a million pounds a pop (according to Steve Parrish), it's not that surprising that Audi and Ducati have chosen to concentrate their resources on MotoGP next season. In fact with Superbikes now costing about half as much of a full MotoGP prototype, they now bear very little in common with their road-going counterparts, which was the whole point of them in the first place. The bike companies just aren't getting the value for money that they used to from racing them.
Like it or not, MotoGP has a higher profile and right now there isn't a lot of money to go around.

geoff - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 3:16 PM

Please read it again. Ducati will still be in Superbike. Parkingo will probably take over Ducati factory role as they have heaps of cash. A lot of the problem was probably Ducati trying to dump Giugliano - he's Althea's boy and looks like they're sticking by him. Good for them!


"We will run with Carlos and the Panigale to win, the non-renewal with Althea cannot hinder our goal in the coming days and notify programs Superbike final in a press release.


October 28, 2012 3:29 PM

I have to agree with Colnelclaw, although the racing was good the WSB paddock looked like a poor cousin to BSB never mind Motogp. I am not sure that Parkingo have buckets of cash to run Ducati's and having to pay for them.

Zaiken - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 4:23 PM

Well althea can give a try to the kawazaki or BMW, Davide have perseverance and determination, at least have the will to try something different.

Just waiting SBK 2013 to start

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