Having already announced an expanded rider line-up for the 2015 World Superbike Championship season, Althea Racing has confirmed it will also next year return to the Superstock 1000 class it won in 2011.

The Italian team took Davide Giugliano to the SSTK1000 crown in the same year it also clinched the World Superbike title with Carlos Checa, but save for a handful of outings in 2012, it has not competed in the class since.

Nonetheless, following the confirmation that Nico Terol and Matteo Baiocco will form its World Superbike line-up for 2015, Althea has revealed Raffaele de Rosa and Luca Salvadori will comprise its renewed Superstock challenge too.

de Rosa comes into SSTK 1000 having enjoyed success in the World Supersport Championship, the Italian scoring his first podium in 2014 with PTR Honda before parting ways with the team with two rounds remaining. Salvadori, meanwhile, has also taken in a handful of Superstock and Supersport outings in recent years.

"Team Althea's plan was to become one of Superbike's Teams of reference once again, while at the same time extending into the Stock category where we've already has success in the past. I believe that this is an important moment for this category, with a high level of visibility that can only help the professional growth of the riders who have the chance to demonstrate their value.

"I'm focusing on these two young men for different reasons. Luca is a very talented young rider who can surely do a great deal with the Team, growing and gaining experience, and here he will have the time to best express himself.

"Raffaele is a rider who I have always followed through his various championships and I've long believed in his potential. He will be able to show the best of himself, finally having a Team that will work around him and where he will have the best materials available to him, on board the Ducati Panigale R.

"I thank Ducati for having given us credit also in this category, where we will definitely be doing our best to achieve the best possible result, as we've already done in the past."



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