Niccolo Canepa has been confirmed by Althea Racing to ride their Ducati 1199 Panigale in the EVO class.
The 2014 season will see the introduction of the new EVO class with bikes using Superbike-specification chassis, brakes and suspension, with stock engines and electronics.
The 25-year-old Canepa, who had a stint with Team Ducati Alstare in 2013, is delighted to stay with Ducati.
“I’m so happy to be part of this new project, it was really important for me to step up to WSBK and I feel Althea Racing is the right team to do so. 2014 will be a crucial year for World Superbike, due to the introduction of the EVO class, it will be interesting to see how things will shape up,” the Italian said.
Althea Racing, who won the World Superbike Championship title in 2012 with Carlos Checa, have confirmed they will partner Ducati in 2014 again following a few years with Aprilla and Canepa will be leading their charge in the EVO class.
Team manager Genesio Bevilacqua said: “We are delighted to be back with Ducati as we achieved tremendous results together in the past, and we are looking forward to do the same now. Niccolò Canepa is the right rider for our new project, I have a lot of respect for him. We are fully committed and we want to thank Ducati for the trust put in us, I’m sure we will reward the company with some good performance.”