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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777 - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 3:37 PM

Pffft!!! You silly people - with the announcement of the Canadian pension group as major stakeholders, Ducati is trying to back out of the series in fear that the Panigale will not be able to adapt to the new Nokian winter tires. :P

Wolfy35

October 29, 2012 7:03 PM

@ wotan

Altea have not walked out on Ducati far from it they had already re-signed Giuliano on the basis of providing him with a works supported Ducati again like this year.

Ducati have chosen to end supply to Altea although if Altea wish they can purchase a customer spec bike just like any other team.

Carlos Checa is contracted directly to Ducati but was placed in Altea in the same way Simoncelli was contracted directly to HRC but placed in Gresini.

To clear up one area before people bring it up.
The homologation for the 1098/1198 Ducati has run out now it is no longer in production so any team that chooses to use it next year would have ro renew it at their own expense and that is one hell of a lot of money.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 7:43 PM

@Shamarone - The Aprilia WSBK engines are reputedly about 80,000 each (don't remember if that is Euros or Pounds) so 30 of those per season would be 2.4m.

Aprilia, however say it is cheaper to refresh the engines regularly rather than re-engineer them to last longer.

RSMick

October 29, 2012 8:13 PM

Sick
Its good you were able to comprehend Shamorons rants of attempted logic. I remember when Dall'Igna said that about the engines, I think it may be a bit of a cover story bearing in mind how much power they have to lose to get them durable.
What my little friend Shamoron fails to take in his budget is the rest of the bike which none come from the road bike.
1 off strengthend chassis 50k?, none stock swing arm 20k? GP spec forks (should be banned) 50k?, GP spec wheels 10k? Electronics plus 2 techs 200k? If a brace of ART with 12 engines cost 1m, you know that the WSB factory bike will be more. Don't forget the 120k tyre bill.
800k may just get you in the ball part of the Pedricini Ducati or Red Devils Ducati.

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