"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.