The Ducati Althea Racing Team has made a decision with regard to the next season of competition in the World Superbike Championship. Team owner and General Director Genesio Bevilacqua has reached an agreement with Shane Byrne who will join the Ducati Althea Superbike Team in 2010.The English rider will be team-mate to the Spanish rider Carlos Checa on the Ducati Superbikes. "Shakey" as his supporters call him, participated in the last Superbike world championship riding a Ducati bike and reaching the eighth final position in the riders championship standing. Byrne was also able to reach a podium obtaining the second place in race one at Misano. The experienced English Superbike rider was two times British Superbike champion and he also ridden for two seasons in MotoGP world championship. With Byrne the Ducati Althea team confirmed their determination to be one of the top team of the next world Superbike championship.Genesio Bevilacqua Speaks…"I’m really enthusiastic to have signed Shane Byrne for our 2010 team. He’s proved to be a very skillful and successful rider in world Superbike and I’m are sure he will be a great combination with Carlos Checa. Shakey is an experienced and spirited rider, with him we are certain we’ll be able to challenge with the best and official 2010 Superbike world championship teams. We worked hard to organize a strong technical staff that will support in the best possible way our two competitive riders. We must thanks Althea, an international company who is used to working with important projects, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors who allowed our team to be competitive and particularly Unibat, one of the biggest worldwide battery producers who believe in our project".Shane Byrne Speaks…"I’m extremely happy to say that I will join the Althea Ducati racing team for the 2010 WSB championship, Genesio Bevilacqua has been fantastic and from my talks with him so far I already understand he is a very serious, enthusiastic and ambitious person, he has put together a fantastic package that should enable both Carlos and I the opportunity to fight at a very high level so I look forward to this new adventure, remaining on a Ducati motorcycle was very important to me and I think in Team Althea Ducati I’ve found the perfect place, a good bike, a very strong and experienced team mate and an extremely motivated team so I can’t wait to get started !"