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July 19, 2011 5:11 PM

WSBK » Kawasaki to replace PBM from 2012?

@ told you so There is NO support from Suzuki anymore. They had a contract with Alstare to give full factory support for at least the whole of 2010 with an option of extending into 2011 but Suzuki broke that and pulled out all factory support by the 3rd round of 2010. That is why Batta had to release Leon from his contract as well as losing the majority of his sponsors because on all sides there were factory supported conditions in contracts so when Suzuki pulled out contract termination clauses from sponsors kicked in. For the majority of last season the remaining sponsorship money that Batta got did not even cover the running costs of the team never mind riders salaries. If reports in Italian & German press are true Batta will have 2 full factory supported bikes next year, either Suzuki (Unlikely), kawasaki or Aprilia and he has already said that as soon as he can officially confirm this Leon Haslam (On a 1 year contract with BMW) will be the top priority


July 18, 2011 9:33 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Scandal likely dashed News Corp F1 bid

Sponsors in F1 want their names seen by as many as possible so will always want to be where the biggest audience is. People who watch on free to air TV still spend large amounts of money elsewhere. If you were Phillip Morris considering extending sponsorship of Ferrari would you pay huge amounts for that if your audience was tiny just because the commercial rights holder chose to go with who paid them more? The amounts sponsors are willing to pay is based on the potential audience, smaller audience smaller payments etc. For one I agree with Bernie on this F1 should stay free to air


July 10, 2011 9:27 PM

WSBK » Brno - Race results (2)

@ RawDawg I agree and expect to see both Leons on different bikes next season. Camier just does not seem to work on the Aprilia, as you say this could be because we all know it started development as a GP bike before they switched to 800s but this could work for Haslam who has GP experience albeit on a 500cc 2 stroke & lets be honest even if Batta does not get the works supported Aprilias it is reported in Italian press he is close to or takes over the works Kawasaki's from PBM that he is reported to have been offered there will be a seat in Alitalia Aprilia vacant & it has been said by their team managers that they see him as a replacement for Biaggi when he chooses retirement. Whatever happens I think its fair to say that with Haslam already having many offers to consider his future looks bright, Camier however I fear for he just has not gelled in WSB and at best I see him in a tail end WSB team or returning to BSB


July 10, 2011 7:56 PM

WSBK » Brno - Race results (2)

I bet Leon Haslam is glad he only signed a 1 year contract with BMW ! Something is seriously wrong when a customer spec BMW is faster ( especially in speed traps ) than the works spec bike. I hope reports in the Italian press that Batta, team owner Alstare Suzuki, is close to a contract for 2 works Aprilias and has Leon firmly in sights for one of them are true. I know Leon may not be everyones favourite rider but he deserves something better than this


July 09, 2011 11:10 PM

WSBK » Haslam struggling with ‘engine push’

@ Mates29 Leon's contract with Batta's Alstare team had a factory supported clause but this was because many of the team sponsors at the time also had a factory supported clause that allowed them to withdraw if Suzuki pulled factory support. When that happened Batta could not afford to pay the riders he had so released both riders to seek someone on a lower salary. HOWEVER Batta is rumoured to be in process of securing factory supported bikes from another manufacturer & Leon only signed a 1 year contract with BMW with an option for another 2. It is well known that several teams are already making offers to Leon, considering all this and how Batta has stated he regrets having to release Leon, How they remain close friends I think only a fool would bet against Leon being back with Batta on a factory bike very soon


July 05, 2011 12:56 AM

MotoGP » Mugello MotoGP test times - Monday 6pm

I know I may be voted down for this but can we have a moment of clarity here please? What is not said in this article is that tha MarcVDS bike is NOT a 2012 CRT spec bike. It is however a development 2012 chassis with a WSB spec BMW engine, we may see a CRT spec engine at some point but at the moment it is still in testing/development at most running on a test bench. Wonder what Leon Haslam will think of it tomorrow when he has a few laps on the bike so that he can give feedback to BMW

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