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Canepa to Onde, Pramac down to one?

A shortfall of funds could force the Pramac Ducati team to scale down their efforts to just one bike for Mika Kallio in 2009, with Niccolo Canepa being quickly transferred over to the Onde 2000 team instead.

Spanish publication AS is reporting that Italian telecommunications company Alice has decided to pull its sponsorship of the satellite Ducati team, leaving them with only enough money to run a single bike for 250GP graduate Kallio.

Another blow to the series in the week that saw Kawasaki poised to withdraw their manufacturer effort, Ducati have nonetheless moved quickly to maintain their five-strong effort in 2009.

Indeed, despite the threat of being frozen out, Ducati test rider Canepa will continue to make his MotoGP debut this year after being shifted over to the sister GFH-run Onde 2000 team alongside series returnee Sete Gibernau.

Onde 2000 were apparently already considering a second bike alongside Gibernau, but reports claim it was originally being earmarked for Suzuki World Superbike exile Fonsi Nieto, relative of GFH owners Pablo and Gelete Nieto.

Nonetheless, it is Canepa who is set to assume the bike, which is getting its title sponsorship from a large Spanish property development company, to keep the official entry at 19, pending Kawasaki's expected announcement.

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Luke - Unregistered

January 02, 2009 12:43 PM

Ducati come in for a lot of stick from the ''enlightened'' that post here, but a small factory like that fielding 5 bikes during the current economic situation deserve maximum respect and credit. Much bigger factories such as Kawasaki & Suzuki can''t seem to even maintain a team of 2.

Jon M - Unregistered

January 02, 2009 4:01 PM

You're absolutely right Kev87- Kawasaki have an exceptionally loyal fan base: but their fans are dying out and not being replaced by a new breed. Team Green can't expect to rest on their laurels and hope that men like you will continue to support them, they need to put money into the future. Subaru are big in the UK thanks to their rallysport spend in the early nineties, and the McRae connection- the playstation generation grew up wih blue cars + gold wheels, hence their success. Same for Mitsubushi and the Evo series. Triumph were stuck in a hole: average buyer over 40. Thanks to the 675 and BSS success they're selling again. Don't neglect your future customers, Kawasaki....

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