Marco Gobbi, Pata owner, said:
"Pata's aim in 2012 is to invest in talented young Italian riders: I would say that having Zanetti in the team and an icon such as the Ducati 1198, is already a big success. Knowing that we can race with the current world championship winning bike gives us a major stimulus. For our part, we are still aiming to be successful in a championship in which we want to play a major role. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the negotiations and who made this agreement possible".
Zanetti, 24, spent the 2011 season in the Superstock 1000 series where he took third place. Zanetti is now ready to try his hand on the World Superbike grid.
"I'm really pleased about this accord: both Pata Racing team and I have ambitious plans for next season. The Ducati is a competitive bike and I've already had a chance to race it, hopefully I can establish a good feeling from the first tests in Australia. I'd like to thank Remo and Marco Gobbi, the owners of Pata, and Andrea Prando, my team manager for putting their faith in me."