Althea, Aprilia Partner For 2013

Davide Giugliano's Althea Racing Aprilia was the quickest in Friday's Qualifying. (Althea Racing Photo)
Davide Giugliano will ride an Aprilia for Althea Racing in 2013. (Althea Racing Photo)

Althea Racing has announced plans to partner with Aprilia in preparation of the 2013 World Superbike Championship season.

Davide Giugliano will be tasked with riding the RSV4 Factory machine, the bike that won the Rider’s and Manufacturer’s titles in both the recently concluded 2012 championship and the 2010 season.

The two winning companies have decided to work together to consolidate their position as frontrunners and give Davide Giugliano the chance to prove himself as a top rider in World Superbike.

The young Italian rider can count on the tried and tested structure of the Civita Castellana-based team and on the expertise of technicians who have clearly demonstrated their ability in recent years.

“I am very pleased to have reached such an important agreement with Aprilia,” said Genesio Bevilacqua, general manager of Althea Racing. “We will race with the championship winning bike next year and this will only encourage us to push even harder and live up to the potential of the bike that we are entrusted with. As everybody knows, Althea Racing is used to facing important challenges and counts on a structure that works in perfect harmony to achieve great goals. Our strength is our team and its components; our team members, who have worked together for many years with no secrets between them, remain the same. We believe that we have sufficient experience with which to confront the challenge of the 2013 championship.

“Davide Giugliano is our secret weapon. He is a young and aggressive rider who has amazing talent and together with him we will fight for success in the 2013 Superbike championship standings. I would like to thank the entire Aprilia staff and particularly Engineer Dall’Igna for their willingness and professionalism.”

Althea had previously partnered with Ducati, but announced  in October they would no longer be working with the company after the 2012 season. As a result, Carlos Checa left the team so he could continue to ride a Ducati. He has not yet signed with a new team.