While it isn't a new name to World Superbike racing having entered a single Honda for various riders over the last two seasons, Althea have switched their allegiance to Ducati for 2010 and seen a substantial financial boost to be able to run two bikes as well. Not only that, Althea has secured an impressive coup in luring Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne to its team for 2010.
A timely deal for Byrne, who was beginning to hit his stride in the second-half of 2009, he brings invaluable Ducati knowledge with him from Sterilgarda, while it is easy to forget that Checa was a front runner in his maiden Superbike season just two years ago. Both have been very quick in testing and are poised to challenge for at least podiums in 2010.
Meanwhile, Borciani Racing (formerly Sterilgarda Ducati) and Guandalini Racing have pooled their resources to stave off financial woe by forming B&G Racing for 2010. Sticking with Ducati having been initially expected to run a satellite Aprilia operation, Misano pole sitter Jakub Smrz returns to build on the promise he showed during 2009.
The last team to confirm its plans for 2010, DFX Corse will enter former factory rider and three-time race winner Lorenzo Lanzi this season, albeit only after it was determined that Regis Laconi – who performed so well for the team at the start of 2009 – was still unable to race following his Kyalami accident.
Finally, the World Superbike grid will get a new entrant in the shape of the boldly-titled Supersonic Ducati team. Set to make its debut from the second round in Portugal, former Pedercini Kawasaki peddler Luca Scassa will ride the bike.