Federico Caricasulo will be back on the WorldSSP grid for the second consecutive year in 2022 after agreeing to join Althea Racing Ducati. 

Caricasulo, who competed with GMT94 Yamaha, Biblion Yamaha Motoxracing and VFT Yamaha at different stages in 2021, will leave the Japanese manufacturer after five years, which also includes one season in WorldSBK (2020). 

Instead, it’s a move to Ducati which will be Caricasulo’s first time competing for the Bologna-based manufacturer in his career. 

Caricasulo called it an ‘unexpected move’, but one that ‘I accepted immediately’ following Althea Racing’s two-year hiatus from WorldSSP. 

"I am really happy with the opportunity that Genesio is offering me," added Caricasulo. "It was an unexpected proposal that I accepted immediately because it is a winning project with a team that certainly needs no introduction and that I also followed as a fan.

"I like the idea of being the only rider on the team and I think it's the best situation to aim for certain results. 

"After five years with Yamaha in which I believe I have grown a lot, it is important for me to accept a new challenge that gives me the best motivation. 

"I still have unfinished business with this category since 2019 and my only goal is to improve the results I have already achieved."

Althea Racing’s return with Ducati coincides with the Italian manufacturer making a return to the intermediate class for the first time since 2006. 

Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Ducati), Oli Bayliss (Barni Racing Ducati) and Maximilian Kofler (CM Racing) are the other confirmed Ducati riders so far for next season.