Althea Press Release: Althea Confirm Terol To Leave Team With Immediate Effect

The Althea Racing Team issued the following press release, confirming they have parted ways with Nico Terol:

The agreement between Team Althea and Nico Terol comes to an end as the Portimao round concludes.

Nico Terol and the Althea Racing Team have taken the joint decision to terminate their working relationship. This sad decision has been made in light of the fact that results have failed to materialize despite the best efforts of both the rider and the team. Both Terol and Team Althea are former world champions, coincidentally in the same year (2011), and for this reason expectations were high. The fact that their individual and combined objectives cannot be achieved has forced both parties to opt for mutual separation.

Team Althea thanks Nico Terol for his great professionalism and for all his efforts in trying to reach the level of success that was hoped for. The team wishes him all the best for the future and hopes that he can soon get back on the right path in order to achieve the happiness and success that he deserves.

The team will shortly announce a substitute rider.

Nico Terol: “I embarked on this challenge with great enthusiasm. I immediately had good feeling with the team and with the bike, right from the first tests, which made me think that I was regaining the right sensations with which to start going fast. But things got more complicated after some crashes and after an injury which put me a step back. I believe that for the good of both parties, the best solution is for me to take a break. The Team is working hard and I cannot repay their trust in this way, even if on my side I really wanted to be able to do well. I can only thank Genesio Bevilacqua and the entire team for these months spent together. Now I need to stop and reflect and find a way to get back to feeling like a strong rider and turn the page after the last very difficult 18 months.”

Genesio Bevilacqua: “I want to thank Nico for this, albeit brief, relationship that we have had because as well as being a rider he has proved to be an extraordinary guy on a human level. We have tried together to find the path that would help him return to a high level and the team never gave up in trying to meet the rider’s needs. It is sad but true to say that we have not met each others needs. I want to wish Nico all the best for the future and hope that this period of uncertainty in his career will soon be behind him, so that he can return to being the great champion that he was and be happy riding a bike. Personally, but also on behalf of the whole Althea team, I wish him all the best.”


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The Assen crash can't have helped - he needs his confidence back, ironically given the above comment he and Marco Melandri look to have the same issues.

Looks like Raffaele de Rosa tested yesterday for Althea and he's been good in Superstock for them this year.

I think this is a good move, as Canepa seems most at home on a Ducati. Hopefully this move will bring good things to both he and the team.