BSB » GSE on brink of BSB withdrawal


"It is with great regret that we have had to issue the team with their notice of redundancy"

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junkmale - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 5:08 AM

As a general motorsports fan from Australia, if I had money to sponsor any team in any category of motorsport anywhere on the planet, it would be GSE.

If they don't get a budget, I think some companies should be sacking their marketing people. :?

morepower - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 7:51 AM

This just show's the sad state our sport is in (and most other motorsports to be fair), I have watched this team from the paddock for many years now, and it's probably one of the best organized/professional squads out there. The BSB championship will be a hollow former shadow of it's self without this team invovled. Let's hope we don't lose GSE or any of the other the major teams this year. HM PLant, Worx, Kawasaki etc

Phil - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 8:07 AM

Saw Gary Mason at the NEC bike show, he was with his manager, Terry Rymer. They were there to try and set a deal up for 2010. Terry was saying of all the years he has been involved with racing, this was the worst for securing sponsorship.
Any news yet if Honda/HM Plant are racing next year?

Ferodo Vasolini - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 8:14 AM

I wrote a letter mid-season to Stuart Higgs echoing a lot of the points raised above basically saying more should be done to help teams. This was when a few of the so called lesser teams were having problems. He wrote back saying the series was at its strongest ever and I did'nt fully understand the situation. I wonder what he's got to say now!!!!!!!!!!! :?

paolo - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 8:31 AM

stuart higgs and the bsb organisers are very greedy and if they dont do anything soon they could end up with egg on there face, bsb has been the best domestic championship in the world for many years and thats got to be down to teams like GSE,HMP plant,Hyrdrex, kawasaki and all other teams that have been in it! they cut prize money from the superbike class a few years back making the teams have to pay riders but they thought by reducing the entry fee it will help, maybe it did. but something needs to be done to reduce costs and keep people that are needed in the sport, would be gutted to see GSE not on the grid next year

Emma Edwards - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 8:45 AM

Get a grip people! GSE have not raced in BSB before when they vanished to WSB and it wasn't the end of the world. Earlier this year everyone was complaining about Leon beating everybody, maybe that was as much down to the money the team had as much as talent. I would guess that it will be much closer without them next year. Hydrex are the team on the up I think!

Vivaldi - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 9:12 AM

The finger should point to GSE's greed - reality has come home to roost. Seems they cant buy their 2010 championship result so they are taking their ball home. In 2000 They bought the best lawyer to get Hodgiespoints back - 2007 They cried over their pistons - 2008 weight - 2009 Cost of Yams. And since 2005 every year there has been the annual will they go to WSB or wont they. The last best year of racing in BSB was 2004 on any given weekend it was Honda - Suzuki - Yam - Kawa and Emmetts antics on a PB Duc 999. 2010 could be a return to this. Give GSE a 600K budget and they wouldnt get in the top three. History will judge whether they bought or earnt their sucess.

RK09 - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 9:16 AM

Whether you like or dislike GSE,it is a great loss when you lose a top team in any type of racing.It is not good for the fans who want to see a full grid on the race track. I hope they can pull something together and stay in.I am also hoping other teams will stay afloat as well!! Also hope Ellison has a ride for next season,seeing he had a great season this year.

kwikkwak - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 9:19 AM

I partially put the blame down to poor media attention.If there was more coverage on terrestrial television and recognition in the general media for Bsb maybe more companies would be willing to come forward for sponsorship.There are plenty of companies out there but without "mainstream" acknowledgement of the series business' will look elsewhere.Thank god for Eurosport is all i can say.

Adams82 - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 9:20 AM

Vivaldi clearly has NO idea what they are talking about - sponsors buy into success, if a team is successful they give them money to continue to be successful. Airwaves funded the team because they were the most successful team in the paddock and success means return on their investment in terms of media coverage and stature. This has nothing to do with greed and the points you make about moaning on all the points were GSE trying to insure the integrity of the sport was not brought into question with constant rule changes that were seeming to change the face of the sport.I agree the sport needs help but sometimes economic reasons mean the marketing budgets of firms are the first to be cut

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