For the second time this season, Superstock 1000 Cup racer Federico Sandi has lost his ride on a new Ducati 1199 Panigale race bike.
Sandi was cut loose from Liberty Racing in March after the team decided to focus its resources on a four-rider World Superbike effort. The 22-year-old racer then landed with Althea Racing, the team that captured the 2011 Superstock 1000 Cup as well as the 2011 WSBK Championship with Carlos Checa.
That might sound like a solid opportunity but such was not the case. Althea had originally planned to race just the WSBK class with last year’s Superstock 1000 champion Davide Giugliano graduating to the premiere class. Althea offered Sandi a ride on the Panigale, in part as a favor to the rider and, perhaps, to Ducati as well. But after back-to-back DNF results at Imola and Assen, the team has pulled the plug on Sandi and its Superstock effort. Continue Reading »