All pictures credited to Kel Edge
Alstare Ducati's preparations for the 2013 World Superbike Championship have taken another set-back after it was confirmed that Ayrton Badovini requires some more days to recover from his sizeable shunt during testing at Phillip Island last week.
The Italian will sit out two days of official WSBK testing at the Australian venue in the hope that he will be fit in time for the season opener, to be held at the same circuit in less than a week's time.
Badovini was taken to hospital after feeling unwell in the wake of his crash on Friday [15th Feb], a shunt that also saw his Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale go up in flames.
Badovini's absence came after his team-mate Carlos Checa was also forced to miss the two days of free testing when he developed a stomach bug that also landed him in hospital. The Spaniard will be on track this week, however.
Badovini and Checa's health woes are a particular frustration for Ducati, which has suffered a series of hurdles in the lead up to the 1199 Panigale's debut this coming weekend, including the switch of allegiance from Althea to Alstare and weather-affected test washouts.
As well as Badovini and Checa on the Alstare Panigale, Max Neukirchner will ride a privateer Ducati 1199 in the 2013 World Superbike Championship.