Althea Racing gears up for first test with Ducati support

With a couple of weeks to go before several World Superbike teams begin testing at Motorland Aragon, the Althea Racing Team is starting preparations for next season with a first taste of the Spanish track. Following the withdrawal of the factory squad, Althea Racing has become Ducati`s de facto representation in the championship and the team run by Genesio Bevilacqua will be aiming to be one of the contenders for the 2011 title, with rider Carlos Checa.

The three-day Aragon test will be a first opportunity to face up to next year`s rivals and the Italian entrepreneur and General Manager of the team is already relishing the challenge. “We will be going to Aragon with a package that is already competitive and together with Carlos we will be pushing forward in the development work we began in 2010,” declared Bevilacqua. “Taking to the track as an ‘official` team doesn`t worry us at all, because over the past season we showed on a number of occasions that we could compete with the top teams and third overall in the championship is clear evidence of that. It is obvious that we will have to work hard to keep up with our rivals, but we are ready and can`t wait to begin this new adventure”.

Carlos Checa will be testing on his ‘home` track and this may be extra stimulus for the Spaniard to do well on his first pre-2011 season test. A good result will also show once again that the rider from San Fruitos and the Italian Ducati team have reached a good level of feeling together. “It will be an extra stimulus for him to do well,” continued Bevilacqua, “because all eyes will be on him. As always we will try and make available the best possible bike for him thanks also to direct support from Ducati”.

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