Althea to stick with just Checa for 2011?

Carlos Checa could be Althea Ducati's sole entry into the 2011 World Superbike Championship, according to Ernesto Marinelli.
Althea Racing could persevere with just a single World Superbike entry for Carlos Checa in 2011 after Ernesto Marinelli suggested the team will be supplied with just two bikes next season.

The Italian operation will receive extra privateer backing from the Ducati factory in 2011 following the manufacturer's full-scale withdrawal, Althea subsequently being installed as its top representative.

However, having already confirmed Checa will ride with the team for the next two seasons, it seems Althea will focus on just the Spaniard for 2011 after Marinelli stated it would be supplied with two bikes (one race, one spare).

Despite this, the former Xerox Ducati manager – who will continue to oversee Ducati's Superbike project – is quoted by as saying Althea will still be receiving pseudo-factory status next year as the bikes with be full 2011-specification, while the team will also be granted two factory engineers.

Similarly, Liberty Racing – which includes several members of the disbanded Xerox team – has four 2010-specification bikes, albeit with 2011 modifications, for Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz. Supersonic Ducati and Maxime Berger, meanwhile, will also get a 2010 bike, but with a 2011 RBW system.

Though Althea Racing is seemingly trimming its Superbike operation, it will expand into the Superstock 1000 series with Lorenzo Baroni in 2011.

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