2010 WSBK Preview - Ducati

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.

Ducati Xerox
Noriyuki Haga
Michel Fabrizio

Althea Racing
Carlos Checa
Shane Byrne

B&G Racing
Jakub Smrz

DFX Corse
Regis Laconi

Supersonic Racing
Luca Scassa

Tagged as: Ducati , Xerox , Haga , Althea , Checa , Scassa , Byrne , SMRZ , Lanzi

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Lanzi, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Lanzi, Australian WSBK Test 2010
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Smrz, Ducati 1198R, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Smrz, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Smrz, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Byrne, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Byrne, Ducati 1198R, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Byrne, Ducati 1198R, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Checa, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Checa, Portuguese WSBK Test 2010
Haga, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Haga, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Haga, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Michel Fabrizio, Ducati Xerox, Phillip Island WSBK test, February 2010 [pic credit: Andrew Gosling]
Fabrizio, Ducati 1198R, Australian WSBK Test 2010
Chaz Davies, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Ducati team, Race1, Imola WSBK 2017

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February 23, 2010 2:25 PM

Ducati look in great shape to take rider's and manufacturer's titles this season. As much as I would dearly love to see Nori lift the title for Ducati, I have this trepidation that it will be 'deja vu' for him yet again in 2010. I hope I'm wrong.

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