2012 World Superbike
With the World Superbike Championship weeks away, the Althea Ducati team held a presentation to the press and its sponsors at the team’s HQ in Civita Castellana, Italy.
On hand were the 2012 WSBK Althea Ducati riders – the reigning champion, Carlos Checa, and his new teammate, 2011 Superstock 1000 Cup Champion Davide Giugliano.
Both riders and their Team Manager, Genesio Bevilacqua, unveiled the new livery on the 2012 Ducati 1198 Superbikes.
Many involved with Althea Ducati were at the presentation, including sponsors Unibat, TIM and SNAI, and many special guests, including Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, Paolo Ciabatti, General Manager of Infront Motor Sports, and Ernesto Marinelli, SBK Project Director for Ducati.
There was also a chance for all attendants to view Bevilacqua’s extensive private bike collection, housed at the same location.
Besides unveiling the 1198 Superbikes, the riders spoke of the upcoming championship:
Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati 1198 Superbike) says: "I prefer not to say too much, it’s impossible to make predictions when it comes to racing! We do know that this coming season will be tough, there will be stiff competition and we will fight with more or less the same bike as in previous seasons. Having said that, I am confident and can’t wait to get back on track with my team – it goes without saying that we will do our utmost to defend the title!"
Davide Giugliano (Althea Ducati 1198 Superbike) says: "I hope to be strong right from the start. I’m riding the championship winning bike and am part of the championship winning team so I don’t have any excuses really! I realize that I need to get straight down to work and learn fast if I want to start seeing the results."
Genesio Bevilacqua (General Manager of Althea Racing) says: "I’m very happy to officially present our 2012 line-up. As you know, our confirmed riders are SBK champion Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano, a rising talent. We thank all of our sponsors, and particularly Unibat, SNAI and TIM, as it is thanks to them that we are able to embark on this adventure.
"We start the season with high expectations, having won in both the Superbike and Superstock categories last year. We know it won’t be easy as the competition is very strong but we will do our best to repeat last year’s incredible performance, knowing that we can count on the experience gained by our men in the field during 2011. We hope that this experience will help us to do even better than last year."
The Althea Racing team leaves for Phillip Island, Australia, next week, and will participate in final testing sessions before preparing for Round 1 of 14 in the 2012 World SBK championship, taking place at the same track Feb. 24-26.