Martini Corse and Italian company Pata are teaming up to bring a team to the 2012 World Supersport Championship. The Pata by Martini team took the title win in the CIV Italian Superstock 600 class and it is now ready to compete on the world stage.
The Pata By Martini Team will bring CIV champion Dino Lombardi over to the World Supersport team. Pata By Martini will also race Francesco Cocco and Luca Salvadori in both the Italian and European Superstock 600.
“Pata’s entry as title sponsor of our team is great satisfaction for us, both on a human and professional level,” commented team leader Claudio Quintarelli. “I am delighted that a brand such as Pata, which is already involved in World Supersbike, has decided to consolidate its partnership with our team. With this level of support, we can expect to be protagonists in 2012.”
The Pata By Martini Team has completed several tests in preparation for the 2012 World Supersport Championship which begins on February 26th at Phillip Island.
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
With Ducati exiting the World Superbike series, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio had to find new homes for 2011. Suzuki Alstare is set to confirm Fabrizio as their sole rider for 2011, and now Haga has also found his team for 2011. Haga recently signed with the PATA Racing Team to ride an Aprilia RSV4R for the 2011 WSB season.
Haga didn’t have the season he had hoped for in 2010. Haga was coming off of an 8 win 2009 season that landed him in second place in the overall standings. In 2010, Haga was only able to claim two race wins and a sixth place overall finish.
But now Haga will be riding a proven bike, and both he and the PATA Racing team have high hopes for 2011.
“I’m really happy to announce the birth of a new team and a new collaboration with Marco Borciani, who will be managing the squad,” says Daniele Carli, owner of DFX Corse which also raced on a Ducati this season. “We will race on a factory bike, which made us decide for a strong rider such as Noriyuki Haga, who is a big name in Superbike history. I would also like to thank Ducati for their helpfulness in all these seasons, during which we collaborated and scored important results.”
Haga has had tried his luck with Aprilia before. He raced in the MotoGP and the World Superbike aboard an Aprilia machine. In 2002, Haga finished fourth with the help of an Aprilia motorcycle.