BSB » Smrz, Aitchison re-sign with Splitlath Aprilia

Splitlath Redmond reveals Jakub Smrz and Mark Aitchison as its riders for the 2013 BSB season, while Aprilia UK will officially back the team for the first time.

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pp916 - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 4:13 PM

If they are serious about competing in BSB Aprilia real did need to step in to save further embarrassment,the bike in its current form is clearly uncompetitive, but with 2 good riders on board and factory support there really is no place to hide for this team now.

Dean Dean

November 30, 2012 8:46 PM

@Crash test, you'll be waiting some time if you're hoping for an 'official' Ducati supported BSB team..even if Ducati UK went the route of Aprilia UK via Splitlath, they'd merely be paying for the services of Ducati Corse.
Just because the UK importer says it's supporting a team doesn't mean they'll get factory equipment. Now Audi own the whole Ducati shebang, the chances are slim of any official'll more likely see a team with 'strong links to the factory', or 'ex WSBK factory staff'...that's as good as it'll get in BSB for years !


December 01, 2012 2:11 AM
Last Edited 1008 days ago

Hope the first paragraph of your story stays true. These 2 riders will only be kept a season if the results are on the board. Poor results, and I think they will get the heave ho.
We don't want to see a carry on like last season when it was like a game of musical chairs at Spitlarf Aprilia.

2 good riders with results in various categories, so now it is up to the team to get & give the support they all need.

aeaventures - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 9:20 AM

Motorapido Pitiful? buddy they are completely independant, spend thier own money and did not spend the season shafting riders for cash injections, Steve Moore and Smarty and the boys should be aplauded for giving it thier all, have a go yourself why dont you and then maybe you will be in a position to critisise privateer teams. Splitlath are one of the private teams who need to get some credibility, the last couple of years have not been pretty, you would think that signing Smrx would attract Aprilia to go the whole hog and field a team on machinery worthy of the name, but time will tell

liebig - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 9:28 AM

Ducati's wasted so much money on the Rossi adventure, everything else has been put into second grade efforts. I really can't believe the latest move in WSB where they move away from a superb team to go with Batta. There's money doing the talking again...

As for Spitlaugh, I'm one of the first to critisize their efforts in the past - espacially how they seem to have treated some blue eyed riders - but at the same time I wish them all the best as the series needs more manufacturars + they've now got two very good riders in their line-up.

goodbye rossi - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 9:54 AM

Ok then let's look at Splitlath's previous riders...

Joe Burns , left of his own accord after one round in his first 'full' 1000c season and has missed his window to really do anything even though he does have talent.

Chris Burns, fast at times but fragile in the head, damaged by a career on **** bikes. God knows what he's doing now.

Hudson K, a legend in his own lunchtime. He peaked long ago and wasn't top level talent by the time he rode for Splitlath.

Jenny Tinmouth, not really BSB level, in fact not BSB level at all.

John Laverty, not the same man he used to be and understandably so. Stick him an another bike and he still would't be top 10.

And then you come to rest of the riders, who are proper top class and have qualified the bike fairly high up. Makes you wonder who was really doing who the disservice.....Most of the british riders aren't as great as you often think they are, and those that are move out of BSB anyway. Sometimes riders are let go for a reason.

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