Another seat on the 2009 World Superbike grid has been filled after Squadra Corse Italia confirmed their presence in the series with rider Vittorio Iannuzzo.
The team, which this season raced in the Italian Superstock Championship, will graduate to the premier Superbike class in 2009 after acquiring a one year-old Honda CBR1000RR.
Although the outfit, based in Brescia, is still in its infancy having competed at an Italian national level since 2003, Squadra Corse Italia manager Umberto Pezziniti is confident the team is capable of making an impression on proceedings.
“It will be a 2009 of new endeavours for Squadra Corse Italia,” read a statement from the team. “Not long on from its birth, the team, fronted by Umberto Pezziniti, is ready to make the big leap into WSBK in 2009.”
“In 2009, we will start off with a technical package of indisputable value, already developed in 2008 by another Honda team. We will develop the bike to guarantee a way for Vittorio to be competitive straight away, but we will also do the necessary development to keep him at a high level all season long.
“Squadra Corse Italia is ready to dispute the 2009 season at the highest level with the goal of improving race after race and finishing consistently inside the top 10.”
Squadra Corse Italia had been tipped to enter with Lorenzo Lanzi at the helm, but have instead signed former Superstock 1000 Champion Vittorio Iannuzzo, who arrives in the team following pointless season at Pedercini Kawasaki.
Nonetheless, while Iannuzzo, a WSBK veteran of three seasons, has never matched the heights of his Superstock win, Squadra Corse Italia maintain that they have the ideal rider to front their maiden campaign.
“The rider chosen for this new challenge is the 27-year-old Iannuzzo, who was Superstock 1000 Champion back in 2002. The team wanted an Italian rider and found Iannuzzo had the fundamental elements required to join the team: experience, talent and hunger.
“He has so much hunger for results, particularly after a difficult 2008 that relegated Vittorio into a position that didn't reflect his true value.”