If further proof was needed that the Alstare team is set to run the Ducati World Superbike effort, it was provided at the Valencia MotoGP - where Alstare's Francis Batta has been present in the Factory Ducati pits (pictured).

Ducati's contracted WSBK rider Carlos Checa has also been in attendance. Official confirmation of the Alstare-Ducati partnership could occur before the end of the weekend.

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