After a turbulent weekend at Assen, cumulating in blowing up their brand new Ducati Pangale 1199, the Althea Racing team have decided to end their involvement in the World Superstock 1000 series. With independent teams consistently outperforming them, it was theorised that the Althea bike was being used as a testbed to find the limits of the engine. It seems that they found them at Assen.
Press Release follows:
THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM CLOSES ITS SUPERSTOCK CHAPTER
Monza (Italy), Thursday 3rd May 2012: With the conclusion of the recent Assen event, Team Althea Racing and rider Federico Sandi end their brief Superstock experience. Unfortunately bad luck conditioned the first two races, foreseen as a trial period, preventing Federico from fulfilling his potential and the potential of Borgo Panigale’s new bike. The fact that there was such a short time available to prepare at the start of the season, combined with the challenges and workload that an important and complex programme such as Superstock involves, means that the Civita Castellana- based team will be unable to continue with the project for the rest of the season.
Genesio Bevilacqua, General Manager of Althea Racing:
“The fondness that the Althea team has for Federico encouraged us to put together, with the help of Ducati, a bike and team in little more than a couple of weeks and we were thus able to participate in the first two races of the season. The amount of work and effort that this activity requires means that we are unfortunately unable to continue with this project, that we had not planned for, for the entire season. We really wanted to do more but we are nevertheless aware that we have given Federico significant support at a time when our sector is suffering.”
“It has been a great experience anyway, and for this I thank both the team and Ducati. I hope to be able to repeat it in the future with more success and more luck.”