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Althea, Ducati set to announce shock split

"That will definitely remain unchanged, as will the friendship between us as well as to all the boys in his team, with whom I had a great time during three successful years. For Genesio and for all of them, the doors of Ducati will always remain open."

Having started out with Honda machinery in 2008, Althea Racing made the switch to a pair of privateer Ducatis from 2010 and quickly emerged as race winners. When Ducati promptly withdrew its official factory presence, Althea assumed de facto factory status from 2011, with Checa romping to the title.

Since 2010, Althea has notched up 22 race wins with Checa, while Giugliano was also victorious in the 2011 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. As it stands, it remains to be seen whether Althea will continue to compete in World Superbikes.



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shamarone

October 28, 2012 9:12 PM

re: "With the cost of a superbike around a million pounds a pop (according to Steve Parrish), it's not that surprising that Audi and Ducati have chosen to concentrate their resources on MotoGP next season. In fact with Superbikes now costing about half as much of a full MotoGP prototype, they now bear very little in common with their road-going counterparts" not according to chaz. no davies not palminteri... "I heard that Carmelo Ezpeleta in his interview in Japan a couple of weeks ago said their goal with the two championships is to reduce the cost and improve the show," Davies said. But for me, MotoGP and Superbike are on two completely different ends of the scale with both of the points he mentioned. Cost-wise, you're talking a pittance in Superbike compared to MotoGP. The cost to be competitive, anyway. We've won a race as a privateer team with probably, as a percentage of a factory MotoGP team, you can probably say we wouldn't have been probably around 5 percent."



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