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Carlos Checa re-signs with Althea Ducati for 2012

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2011 World Champion Carlos Checa has agreed to terms with Althea Racing team to continue with the the team in 2012.

Checa closed the 2011 Superbike season as World Champion, with a total of 505 points. During the season he has accumulated 15 race victories and a total of 21 podium finishes. He will stay with Althea Racing and Ducati for the 2012 season, an agreement having been reached just this afternoon at the Portimao track.

"It looked like there was no way that I could stay with Althea Racing in 2012 and I was very upset about this but now it seems that Althea Racing and Ducati have come to an agreement and I am over the moon to hear that I can stay with my team and with my bike again next year," Checa said,

"We have built something very special here and to leave would have been heartbreaking. More than a win, today has been a moral victory ‰ÛÒ in the space of two days I have lost, and thankfully regained my team."

Genesio Bevilacqua, General Manager of Althea Racing, said, "Many things have changed between yesterday and today and I have waited before talking simply because of these uncertainties. We remained hopeful but it was a complicated issue especially on an economic level. In the end we were able to convince everyone to find an agreement that would keep the team together and this was of course the greatest news for me. Carlos stated a while ago that he wanted to stay with us and we of course wanted the same outcome so this positive agreement has been reached with Ducati and he'll be with us again next year, faster than before."

Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director with Ducati concluded by saying, "I am extremely happy that this agreement, which we never stopped working towards, has led to the confirmation of Carlos in the Althea team for 2012. Ducati has had to make a big effort in order for this to happen, a sign of the affection we have for Carlos, for Genesio and for the whole Althea Team, that has given us this truly incredible result, one that we hope can be replicated in future years."

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