|Photo: Alstare Ducati|
After releasing the “end of a great story” video, Alstare have released the first pics and details of sponsorship
of the 1199 Panigale they will be running in the 2013 World Superbike Championship, with Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini. To begin with, it looks STUNNING.
Traditional Ducati red is the predominant colour, as you’d expect for a factory team, but there is more white again, resembling the Xerox Ducati of previous years, prior to the Althea takeover.
This years livery features the new array of Sponsors that Ducati and Alstare have obtained, noticeably Italian telecoms company TIM on the side of the fairing – a sponsor of the Ducati factory in MotoGP as well. Other main sponsors include natural gas provider Energy Trading International, looking to innovate with more ‘green’ technology, isn’t that nice. The FIAMM group who provide “starter batteries for vehicles” along with other motoring related products, are also newbie sponsors. And of course, nowadays no modern racing motorcycle sponsorship without an energy drink advertised somewhere! In Alstare’s case, it’s FICC, a drink being sold in Austrian, German and Swiss markets. Put it this way, the sponsors have been collaborated in making a fantastically good looking bike. With the Crescent and Pata bikes also on the WSBK grid this year, the size of the grid maybe small, but at least it will be stunning.
The team will be running ex-World Champion, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, who was on the Goldbet BMW last year.
Checa, ex-grand prix rider, first won the World Superbike championship in 2011, he lost it last year to the now retired Max Biaggi. After suffering throughout the year with top speed issues, the Spaniard achieved only 4 wins, compared with the 15 he obtained in 2011. Checa finished the championship in 4th. Badovini stood in 12th at the end of 2012, with a singular podium to his name. However, as STK1000 champion of 2010, the Italian has speed and will be expected to be challenging for top 6 and perhaps podiums throughout the season.
If the Panigale goes as well as it looks (which Troy Bayliss says it will do), this could be a very good year for Ducati… in World Superbikes, at least.