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The Breakup is Official – Now What? | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

After weeks of rumors, Ducati and Alstare have terminated the partnership.  Factors cited include the global economic downturn, standard code for loss of a main sponsor and lack of money momentum going into 2014.  But the relationship with Francis Batta has been rocky for some time. The 2013 SBK season was the worst in Ducati’s history – Ducati for the first time failing to win a race. The team was riddled with rider injuries and and the fundamental issues of where to lay the blame – was it the bike or was it the riders – reported to be an ongoing disagreement with Ducati management.  Despite reported efforts to reconcile, the relationship was terminated early by “common agreement”.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:33 AM

My view, maybe 2014 is brighter than you think...

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Checa on pole for Ducati 1199 debut | Crash.Net

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Carlos Checa has given the brand-new Ducati 1199R a perfect qualifying debut by claiming pole position for the opening round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.

A tenth career pole position for the man that has won four of the last five WSBK races to be held at the Australian venue, Checa would save his best until last as he swept to the top of the standings with his final lap...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, February 23, 2013 8:02 AM

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Ducati and Team Alstare together in World Superbike for two years as “Team Ducati Alstare” | Ducati.net

Two-year agreement with Francis Batta’s Belgian organisation, Team Alstare
Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini in confirmed rider line-up
Team will compete under the title: “Team Ducati Alstare”


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Chaz Davies to Ducati for 2014?

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Chaz Davies is linked with a possible move to Ducati for the 2014 World Superbike Championship.. 

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More here on the status of Alstare as well...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:05 AM

More in this article on Alstare retaining the Ducati team as well. Makes me suspect the public announcement of  "I'm leaving and there is nothing in my contract to stop me" is perhaps a time honored way to get the support and structure you need for 2014...

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Jerez wrapup – Final Ducati test of the year ends with progress

Jerez wrapup – Final Ducati test of the year ends with progress | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Friday brought rain and an early end to the three day test but even that could not hide the progress potential that seems possible for Ducati in both Motogp and SBK trim.


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