Althea Ducati will continue to be backed by Unibat heading into the 2012 World Superbike Championship as it seeks to retain its title.

Unibat, a producer of high performance batteries for cars, motorcycles and heavy duty vehicles, has given prominent backing to Althea since 2010 and was present for the team's dominant 2011 WSBK and Superstock 1000 campaigns.

As such, Unibat has reaffirmed its commitment to Althea by extending its sponsorship to 2012 when the team will expand to accommodate WSBK champion Carlos Checa and its Superstock winner Davide Giugliano.

"Having seen team Althea's ambitious plans for the 2012 Superbike season, we have decided to renew our contract as main sponsor of Althea Racing for another year," said Unibat CEO Antonio Annoscia.

"We believe in this team, made up of individuals who work well together on both technical and organizational levels. We're certain that our efforts will help consolidate Unibat's position as leader among motorcycle battery manufacturers across the globe."