Althea Ducati to run to bikes at Imola

The top three riders in the CIV Italian Superbike series - Matteo Baiocco, Alessandro Polita and Federico Sandi - will all race as World Superbike wild-cards at Imola.
World Superbike Championship leaders Althea Ducati will run a second rider for the first time this season after inviting Federico Sandi to compete alongside Carlos Checa at Imola.

Sandi competes with Althea in the Italian-based CIV Superbike Championship, the Italian taking his first win for the team at Vallelunga just over a week ago.

Sandi has also previously competed at World Superbike level, at Misano and Imola last season, albeit riding an Aprilia RSV-4 for Gabrielli Racing. On those occasions, Sandi scored a best finish of 13th.

Currently third in the CIV Superbike standings, Sandi will be joined on the grid at Imola by the two riders ahead of him, Barni Ducati's Matteo Baiocco and Alessandro Polita.

It'll be a third WSBK appearance of the season for Baiocco, who raced at Misano and Brno, and a second for Polita after he raced at Misano too.

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Ben1 - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 11:34 AM

Good news, we will see some new faces in Imola. Since the start of the year I have hoped Althea Racing will give a wildcard ride to Sandi. He had some decent results last year and wanted to take part in races this year. Finally we can see two Althea Ducatis (only one bike from a top team looks strange). Hope he does well and score some points.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 12:53 PM

Can't see how anyone can disagree with Ben1's comment! Interesting comments from Genesio Bevilacqua in todays MCN - Althea may run this years bike again next year - he says it is good enough and also the new 1199 superbike has some handling problems relating to corner entry which they haven't been able to resolve so far - so it may not be as competitive as the current bike.

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