Checa expects opposition to be tougher than ever

'I prefer not to say too much, it's impossible to make predictions when it comes to racing' - Carlos Checa
Reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa wasn't making any bold predictions on his hopes of retaining the title at the Althea Ducati team's official launch in Italy.

Checa was imperious as he captured the championship in 2011 in style for Ducati but the veteran Spaniard is expecting the opposition to be tougher than ever this season.

“I prefer not to say too much, it's impossible to make predictions when it comes to racing. We do know that this coming season will be tough, there will be stiff competition and we will fight with more or less the same bike as in previous seasons,” he said.

“Having said that, I am confident and can't wait to get back on track with my team – it goes without saying that we will do our utmost to defend the title.”

The launch was held at the Althea Ducati team's headquarters in Civita, Castellana.

Davide Giugliano, who makes the step up to World Superbikes in 2012 after winning the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup last season, is relishing the opportunity to compete at the top level alongside Checa.

“I hope to be strong right from the start. I'm riding the championship-winning bike and am part of the championship winning team so I don't have any excuses really,” he said.

“I realise that I need to get straight down to work and learn fast if I want to start seeing the results.”

Along with Checa and Giugliano, team manager Genesio Bevilacqua was on hand to unveil the new livery of the team's Ducati 1198 machines.

Key sponsors, including representatives from Unibat, TIM and SNAI, were also present, with special guests including Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, Paolo Ciabatti, General Manager of Infront Motor Sports, and Ernesto Marinelli, SBK Project Director for Ducati.

Bevilacqua, General Manager of Althea Racing, said: “I'm very happy to officially present our 2012 line-up. We thank all of our sponsors, and particularly Unibat, SNAI and TIM, as it is thanks to them that we are able to embark on this adventure.

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rusjel - Unregistered

February 01, 2012 10:24 PM

Doesn't have the courage to ride with the number 1 plate Shay? Like when he was crashing his brains out learning to ride an NSR500? Or pushing Dunlop's MotoGP tires to the hilt on the Tech3? Or getting straight up after a HUGE get off at Phillip Island in '06 then putting the GP6 Duke on the front row, then a podium? You can level a number of criticisms at this man, lack of ticker is not one of them. Go Carlos!

Digger - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 9:34 AM

At last hardasnails, somebody else who regognises that Carlos won by riding the best, not by "having the best bike", he rode excellently last year, and fully deserved the title. And to say he doesn't have the "courage" to use the number 1 plate, does that mean also that Barry Sheene "didnt have the courage" Or valentino Rossi "doesn't have the courage?" Or countless others who have insisted on using there own number? Honestly, some of the stupid comments on here!!!

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