Alstare Signs Two-Year Deal To Run Ducati's WSBK Program

Ducati today confirmed that they have signed an agreement the Francis Batta for the Belgian to run their World Superbike team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The announcement had been expected for some time, as Batta had been linked to the deal almost immediately after the shock announcement that talks between Althea and Ducati had collapsed.

The team will be contesting the 2013 World Superbike Championship with the Ducati 1199 Panigale. Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini have signed up for the team, and will ride the Panigale in Alstare colors next season.

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2012 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Difficult Conditions Throw Up Incident-Packed Race

Results and summary of an incident-packed final MotoGP race of the 2012 season at Valencia:

Dani Pedrosa has won the final MotoGP race of 2012, in a race made bizarre by extremely difficult conditions. The Spaniard kept his calm on a drying but still treacherous track, fighting his way through the field after starting from pit lane on slicks, a decision made as he returned from the warm up lap.

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2012 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Scintillating Charge Brings Awe-Inspiring Victory

Results and summary of an impressive Moto2 race at Valencia:

Marc Marquez has said farewell to the Moto2 class with a perfect display of riding in difficult conditions, charging all the way through the field from the back of the grid to take victory in the final race of the season. He leaves the class with 9 victories this season, having dominated almost throughout.

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2012 Valencia Moto3 Race Result: Last Lap Dive Settles Chaotic Race

Results and summary of a chaotic wet Moto3 race at Valencia:

Danny Kent has taken his second victory of the year, beating his Red Bull KTM teammate to the line in the first race of the day at Valencia. Kent's win came at the end of a difficult and incident-packed race which took place in wet and very slick conditions.

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2012 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Of Lap Records, Hunger For Success, And Giving Factories Enough Rope

The last of the 990 pole records finally went at Valencia, along with the last record held by Valentino Rossi at any of the tracks currently on the calendar. Dani Pedrosa's astonishing last lap was inch perfect, and put him 0.158 seconds faster than Rossi's time, set in 2006 at the infamous season finale in which Rossi got a dismal start, then fell off trying to catch Nicky Hayden, handing the American the world championship in the process. Pedrosa's lap really was something special, though the Spaniard was not as impressed as the onlookers.

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2014 MotoGP Rules Announced: Spec ECU Introduced, Spec Software Creates Two Classes Of Entry

After an almost interminable period of discussions and debate, agreement has at last been reached over the technical regulations to be applied in MotoGP for the 2014 onwards. The agreement has been a compromise, with both sides of the argument being given something to satisfy them.

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