Althea becomes Ducati`s reference team for the EVO class

The Althea Racing-Ducati duo is back together for the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship, as the team will run a 1199 Panigale in the EVO class. The Italian outfit will be Ducati`s reference team for the newly born EVO category and its staff remains totally unchanged from last year.
Piloting the Althea Racing 1199 Panigale EVO will be Niccolò Canepa, a long-time Ducati rider. The 25 year old from Genova was runner-up in last year`s FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with Team Barni, again on a Panigale, and took part in two WSBK rounds with Team Ducati Alstare, one of which as substitute rider for Carlos Checa.
Genesio Bevilacqua: “We are delighted to be back with Ducati as we achieved tremendous results together in the past, and we are looking forward to do the same now. Niccolò Canepa is the right rider for our new project, I have a lot of respect for him. We are fully committed and we want to thank Ducati for the trust put in us, I`m sure we will reward the company with some good performance.”

Niccolò Canepa: “I`m so happy to be part of this new project, it was really important for me to step up to WSBK and I feel Althea Racing is the right team to do so. 2014 will be a crucial year for World Superbike, due to the introduction of the EVO class, it will be interesting to see how things will shape up. It`s nice to stay with Ducati, my second family, and an honour to race for the 2011 Championship winning team. We need some testing before Phillip Island, so we can find a base set-up for the Panigale and gel together, but I know the bike quite well – in both STK and WSBK versions – and the team has an incredible amount of experience, so I think it won`t take too long. I`m sure we`ll do great things together.”

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