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Alstare updates on Suzuki situation
25 September 2011
Alstare says Suzuki is yet to make formal decision on its plans for the 2012 World Superbike Championship, but reveals the manufacturer's interest is likely to be kept fairly minimal.
Despite taking the runners-up spot with Leon Haslam in 2010, Suzuki has wound down its efforts at WSBK level this season, with Alstare running just a single GSX-R1000 for Michel Fabrizio.
At this time, Suzuki hasn't made it plans for 2012 officially known, in either World Superbikes or MotoGP, but Alstare says the factory can only provide bikes and spares, while research, development or additional parts will have to be funded privately.
Adding that Suzuki is in talks only with Alstare and possibly the British Superbike-based Samsung Crescent team, which is rumoured to want to bring star rider John Hopkins to the world stage, a statement from the team says a full decision will be made at Magny-Cours next week.
“At the moment, Suzuki Japan has not made their final decision regarding the 2012 World Superbike Championship. Currently, Suzuki Japan are able to offer Alstare the current bikes and spares, but are
not in a position to provide funds for research and development. Furthermore any parts that Suzuki produce in 2012 would have to be purchased.
“Alstare understand that Suzuki Japan are not in discussions with any other team regarding the 2012 World Superbike Championship, save for perhaps Paul Denning in UK, should Alstare not be involved with Suzuki in 2012.
“A final decision by Suzuki is promised after the Magny-Cours round and Alstare hope to be able to make an official statement then.
“Currently Alstare are in negotiations with prospective sponsors regarding 2012 and will be happy to communicate information when it is available.”