WSB CHAMPION Carlos Checa will remain on a Ducati with Althea Racing after an agreement was reached for next season.
After sealing the 2011 championship a few weeks ago Checa's future with Ducati and Althea looked uncertain, as negotiations between the team and manufacturer stalled. Rumours arose over the racing weekend that a €800,000 offer had come for the Spaniard to switch over to BMW for 2012.
A deal has finally been agreed upon for Checa to remain with the Ducati outfit next season, something that will please the Spaniard who has a desire to continue with the team and Italian manufacturer. Checa said: "This weekend has been very special; before Race 1 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.
"We have built something very special here and to leave would have been heartbreaking. More than a win, today has been a moral victory – in the space of two days I have lost, and thankfully regained my team."
The relief expressed by Checa was added to by Althea Racing's General Manager, Genesio Bevilacqua: “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.”
Checa will compete on the 1198 in 2012, as Ducati will develop the new 1199 Panigale for another year whilst taking part in the Superstock class.