PATA Racing has officially launched its 2012 World Superbike Championship campaign, presenting its new rider Lorenzo Zanetti at the Motor Bike Expo in Italy.

The Italian team, which finished eighth in the standings with Noriyuki Haga competing on an Aprilia, has opted for a change of machinery and rider for 2012 with Superstock standout Zanetti set to ride at Ducati 1098R.

On hand to help the team reveal its mostly unchanged colours for 2012, Zanetti is looking forward to graduating to WSBK this season following his breakout year riding a BMW S1000RR in the Superstock 1000 series.

"After being with Ducati in 2010, I went to BMW last year. It was an experience that helped me grow, allowing me to get on the podium six times. It is important for me to hear that there are people who believe me but it will be difficult.

"I will have to amalgamate with the team who have many years of experience and will certainly help me to grow further."

Zanetti will be one of seven Superbike rookies racing in WSBK this season, alongside Chaz Davies, Hiroshi Aoyama, Davide Giugliano, Raffaele de Rosa, Leandro Mercado and Niccolo Canepa.