Althea Racing's Genesio Bevilacqua says he has 'great expectations' for Ducati ahead of the 2014 World Superbike Championship.

The team confirmed it would return to the Ducati fold before Christmas after switching manufacturer to Aprilia last year following a failure to reach agreement with the Italian marque over the level of backing on offer to develop the new Panigale.

Italy's Niccolo Canepa will ride an Evo-specification 1199 Panigale for Althea Ducati this year.

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In 2011, Althea and Carlos Checa dominated World Superbikes as the Spaniard secured the title for Ducati and Bevilacqua believes the company's acquisition of Gigi Dall'Igna [Ducati Corse general manager] and the return of Paolo Ciabatti [Ducati Corse sporting diector] bodes well for the future.

"We're back with Ducati with full commitment and great expectations, I'm sure the return of Paolo Ciabatti and the arrival of Gigi Dall'Igna will lead to a good change in the sporting plans of the company," he said.

"I kept a good relationship with both of them and they were immediately helpful towards me, so I had absolutely no problem in joining back the Ducati family even with an EVO bike.

"We have great memories with Ducati and we achieved a lot together, especially in 2011 when we won both WSBK and STK1000 titles.

"I'm sure the bike has improved a lot and now Marinelli and all the technicians can give us a highly competitive machine, in my opinion the one to watch in the EVO class."

On Canepa's prospects, Bevilacqua is confident the 25-year-old will showcase his true potential in 2014.

"Canepa hasn't achieved yet what he really deserves. He's a very strong rider and a true professional," he added on the official World Superbike website.

"I like his attitude and I'm sure my team will help him finding the right motivation and make that step forward to get some important results. I'm really happy of the choices I've made."

Bevilacqua, meanwhile, revealed the team won't be in a position to test until Phillip Island hosts the opening round next month.

"Unfortunately we won't be ready before Phillip Island, as it took a lot of time to put the whole team plan and budget together," he said.