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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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.
Posted by RSMick

Sure because the BSB boys always kick everybody's ass when they ride in WSBK. BSB has been exciting no doubt but WSBK is the best entertainment hands down.

Althea should knock on MV Agusta's or KTM's door. After all with the new rules in 2014 I can imagine they won't have to throw the bank at a competitive WSBK project.

veto - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 6:30 PM

I read it as this?
Ducati have got rid of the team owner and management! They will be taking checa and the team to run there own factory team with the old Althea boys!

TheDon - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 7:02 PM

This subject runs deeper that the cover up black and white statement put out from ducati PR. This is to do with the fraud matter that happen with althea or who ever was involve at the time. The wolkswagon/audi group do not want that on there doorstep and not want that hanging around there brands and products like a bad smell.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 7:06 PM

Sorry to hear this news, but hopefully another good team or teams will fill the void.

It seems strange that Ducati who had success with Althea and were not successful with their last factory WSBK effort cannot reach an agreement.

Also if the bigwigs at VW / Audi who are now running the show don't understand that Ducatis heritage is built on WSBK success and not a solitary MotoGP championship with Stoner (that now looks like an unrepeatable aberation) - then that is sad and more fool them!

Some very strange figures being quoted on this thread which look very very low!


October 28, 2012 9:03 PM

re: "Despite the split, Marinelli insists the Ducati is prepared to continue in 2013, with Checa - but not Althea-contracted Giugliano - at the helm."

re: "We will run with Carlos and the Panigale to win, the non-renewal with Althea cannot hinder our goal. In our history we have changed structures, shape and motion several times always getting good results and the common denominator has always been the Ducati."

translation: borgo panigale is reactivating the LEGEND (think xerox, fila, infostrada teams, etc.), but giugliano is the deal breaker.


October 28, 2012 9:12 PM

re: "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"

not according to chaz. no davies not palminteri...

"I heard that Carmelo Ezpeleta in his interview in Japan a couple of weeks ago said their goal with the two championships is to reduce the cost and improve the show," Davies said. But for me, MotoGP and Superbike are on two completely different ends of the scale with both of the points he mentioned. Cost-wise, you're talking a pittance in Superbike compared to MotoGP. The cost to be competitive, anyway. We've won a race as a privateer team with probably, as a percentage of a factory MotoGP team, you can probably say we wouldn't have been probably around 5 percent."

Jan - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 2:42 AM

A nice question for 2014: will Ducati be permitted to keep their 200cc advantage over the others?
This was a typical Italian trick to help Ducati.
Before they had 1000cc and the others 750.
That helped a lot.......
But now the organisation will be Spanish.
Many things will change.
And maybe not to the advantage of Ducati!

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