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Honda will return to World Superbike in 2019 as a full factory entity, splitting with long-time partner squad Ten Kate in favour of a new alliance with the Moriwaki and Althea teams.
Reigning European Superstock 1000 champion Raffaele de Rosa has been named as Markus Reiterberger's replacement at the Althea BMW World Superbike team.
Althea Racing's new signing Jordi Torres has admitted to having difficulties with the team's BMW bike in the two-day test at Vallelunga.
The Althea World Superbike team has confirmed a switch to BMW machinery from 2016, signing Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger as its two riders.
Rea to go for the title from second place on the grid as he is joined on front row by Canepa
Davide Giugliano misses out narrowly on maiden victory as Leon Haslam takes final place on the podium.
Eight tenths cover the top 12 riders after second free practice session.