Former World Superbike Championship winning team Alstare has announced it has agreed a 'long-term partnership' with Bimota with a view to expanding its racing division.

The Belgian-based operation, which helmed Suzuki's run to the WSBK title in 2005, returned to the World Superbike Championship in 2013 with Ducati following a short sabbatical, but will not be present for the upcoming season.

Instead, Alstare will involve itself with iconic Italian manufacturer Bimota by establishing a 'Global Racing' department from its headquarters in Liege, where it will provide technical support to all official Bimota teams worldwide with the supply of parts for track use for at least the next five years.

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In addition, Alstare will be responsible for Research and Development for Bimota and will work on improving the manufacturer's Moto2 bikes, as well as its Bimota BB3 model. Alstare's arrival will also see it take command of its marketing and communication strategy in an effort to raise the marque to the 'highest level it deserves'.

Though the announcement makes no specific reference to a potential factory-backed return to international motorsport, Bimota - which celebrated its 40th anniversary recently - does have a notable history at Superbike level and is recognised as the winning manufacturer for the inaugural World Superbike race in 1988.

Indeed, the manufacturer has been linked to a potential return to World Superbikes in recent months with the new BMW-powered BB3, but reportedly faces a challenge in building the 2000 units required to secure homologation.