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 29, 2012 3:20 AM

Q: will Ducati be permitted to keep their 200cc advantage over the others?"

A: sure, as long as they keep their 2-cylinder, single sided swingarm, and ne-er-do-well monocoque frame disadvantage UNDER the others.

Skiwi-1 - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 6:09 AM

I feel a 'Groundhog Day' approaching...

The 200cc 'advantage' is not that - it is an equalisation formula that also applies to 3 cylinder bikes as well - I believe they are allowed 1050cc - correct me if I'm wrong please.

If you don't/can't/won't understand the factors behind the reasoning ask a responsible adult to explain it to you...

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 8:30 AM

Aprilia changed Biaggis engine 28 times last season.

If the organisers want to reduce costs they could introduce the BSB rules with a spec ECU and less tuning - in BSB they are only using a handful of engines in a season.

I would go further and introduce a rev limit of 12,000 on the twins and 14,400 on the fours to match the figures assumed when the equalisation rules were first formulated.

wotan - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 11:23 AM

Very wise of Althea to walk away. The Panigale is a clunker and would cost a fortune to make competitive. Now that the Italian Rule Benders are out of WSB Ducati has little chance of yet more favourable special case treatment so why race a no hoper. Lets face it they've already got one in MotoGP.


October 29, 2012 11:57 AM

In the article it says Ducati will continue in WSB with Checa but not with Altea.

It was said on twitter a while ago by someone who has contacts with Ducati UK that Ducati would be back as an official works team with 2 bikes in 2013 plus 2 factory supported bikes for a satellite team, Ducati have already announced a customer spec bike that any team can purchase.

It is no secret that the relationship between Ducati and Bevilacqua have been strained, Bevilacqua has long had a reputation for going to the press to complain and threatening to quit WSB if he does not get his own way so maybe Ducati have simply grown tired of this and chosen to end working with him.


October 29, 2012 12:03 PM

re: "Aprilia changed Biaggis engine 28 times last season."

i keep hearing this brought up as a reason for needing to neuter WSBK, but let me help you guys put this in perspective if i may...

if we round this number up to say an even 30...? and a whole bike can be bought in consumer world for $20k...? that's only $600,000 (not even a million).

sorry guys, but this is only alot of quid to bike world beggars (not meaning you sick). this however is NOT alot of money in the context of motorsports (in fact it's a bargain). not alot of money when a prototype program runs 3 mill and the engine budgets in F1 run in the 100's of mill. ferrari, mclaren, redbull, etc spend 1 million just wiping their a$$.

if one can't afford that...? then that's their first clue they shouldn't be racing in the first place. (*cough* effenbert *cough* avintia *cough* CRT's *cough*)

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