Althea Racing Aprilia in 2013 World Superbike
With the signing of the Alstare Ducati deal, it was unknown who Althea Racing would be paired with for the 2013 World Superbike.
But on Monday, Althea Racing reported that it would be teaming with the factory Aprilia Racing Team, which will field one rider in 2013 – Davide Giugliano.
The Italian spent the 2012 World SBK Championship as a partner with Carlos Checa on the former Althea Racing Ducati Team, which also took the 2011 championship with Checa at the controls.
Althea Racing Aprilia says: "The young Italian rider can count on the tried and tested structure of the Civita Castellana-based team and on the expertise of technicians who have clearly demonstrated their ability in recent years."
In 2013 World Superbike, Althea Racing Aprilia will be looking to keep its rider’s and manufacturer’s titles that were secured in 2012 with the retired Max Biaggi.
Genesio Bevilacqua (Althea Racing owner) says: “I am very pleased to have reached such an important agreement with Aprilia. We will race with the championship winning bike next year and this will only encourage us to push even harder and live up to the potential of the bike that we are entrusted with. As everybody knows, Althea Racing is used to facing important challenges and counts on a structure that works in perfect harmony to achieve great goals. Our strength is our team and its components; our team members, who have worked together for many years with no secrets between them, remain the same. We believe that we have sufficient experience with which to confront the challenge of the 2013 championship.
"Davide Giugliano is our secret weapon. He is a young and aggressive rider who has amazing talent and together with him we will fight for success in the 2013 SBK championship standings. I would like to thank the entire Aprilia staff and particularly Engineer Dall’Igna for their willingness and professionalism.”
Gigi Dall’Igna (Technical and Sport Director of Aprilia Racing) says: "We are truly pleased to announce the cooperation with Althea Racing, unquestionably one of the top teams in World SBK. This is a structure with great technical skills that has our complete confidence. With the bike provided to Althea, and after the agreement reached with the Red Devils Roma team, we now have four RSV4 bikes lined up for the next World SBK season. This is a great challenge for Aprilia Racing and, at the same time, a reason for us to be proud since even in the season which just ended the RSV4 has shown itself to be a winning project."