Moto Rapido to remain in Superstocks

Sponsorship problems force Moto Rapido Ducati to remain in the National Superstock 1000 series for another season, rather than step up to BSB Evo
Moto Radido Ducati has confirmed it will remain in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 series in 2010, rather than graduate to the British Superbike Evo class.

The team had originally planned to run former race winner Scott Smart in the newly-created Superbike category, but the loss of a title sponsor in the run up to the season opener has forced it into amending its decision.

Nonetheless, Moto Rapido will maintain a presence in the Superstock class, with Smart being joined by Leon Hunt to front the team's campaign.

“To have to make this decision so late on is disappointing to say the least but I firmly believe Scott and Leon will be more than competitive in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 series, as we were last season,” said team boss Steve Moore.

“In all honesty, I think Superstock will be the most closely-fought series within British Superbikes this year and will generate the most interest. There are a lot of experienced riders on good packages so it is up to us to make sure we are up there from the start.

“After last year, we have got all the data we need from all the tracks, plus we have had some more help from Ducati Corse over the winter so I think we should be in pretty good shape.

“Scott tested at a cold Oulton Park last weekend but, despite the temperatures, we were able to get some good data to take forward to Brands Hatch at the start of next month. Personally, I am very confident with the mix of Scott's experience and Leon's youthful enthusiasm.”

Moto Rapido had been the very first team to commit to the Evo class. Since then, another eleven riders have committed to the inaugural series.

Tagged as: Ducati , EVO , Hunt , superstock , smart , moto rapido

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neil leigh - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 6:01 PM

Gutted for all of you fellas but probably the right decision, better to be in a champioship where you know you can be competitive and certainly for Scott a bad year lacking funds etc could be a death knell, keep the powder dry, win superstock and have another tilt at it in 2011! Will be cheeing you all on from a sitting room in Belgium!

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