2014 Team Althea DucatiTeam Althea Racing and Ducati have quite a history, which includes the 2011 World Superbike title with Carlos Checa at the controls of the 1198.
But following the 2012 SBK Championship and a three-year relationship, Althea and Ducati split. In 2013, Althea joined forces with Aprilia, which fielded Davide Giugliano; but that relationship ended at the conclusion of 2013 World SBK.But for 2014, Althea returns with Ducati, racing in the EVO class (Superstock spec engines and electronics) with an 1199 Panigale. The Italian/Italian combo will be managed by Genesio Bevilacqua, who has reconfirmed all of the technical staff.Piloting the Althea Ducati 1199 will be Niccolo Canepa, the 2007 Superstock 1000 Cup Champion (Ducati 1098). The 25-year-old also competed with Pramac Ducati in 2009 MotoGP, but returned to the Superstock 1000 Cup in 2013, finishing second behind Sylvain Barrier.Genesio Bevilacqua (Team Althea Racing Ducati Team Manager) says: “I am extremely happy to be able to collaborate once again with Ducati, a brand and a company with which we have achieved great success and results that we fully intend to repeat.“I am certain that next year we will be able to bring great satisfaction to our fans and consecrate Canepa among the top Superbike riders. I have full faith in Niccolò and am sure that he is the right rider for our new and stimulating project. I would like to thank Ducati for its trust that I am certain that our team will be able to repay with the utmost dedication.”
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.