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Alstare confirms sabbatical from racing

6 February 2012

2005 World Superbike Champions Team Alstare will not make it onto the grid in 2012 after last gasp plans to seal a deal with MV Agusta fell through.

The outfit has been a stalwart of the WSBK paddock in recent years and has regularly fronted Suzuki's assault on the Superbike championship, peaking with Troy Corser's title victory in 2005.

However, with Suzuki scaling back its factory involvement in motor racing, Alstare was forced to consider alternative options for 2012.

Having already discounted co-operating with another Japanese manufacturer in honour of its long-standing Suzuki relationship, team manager Francis Batta had made hints that it could instead revert to the World Supersport Championship with MV Agusta.

Such a deal with the Italian manufacturer failed to come to fruition, however, prompting Alstare to halt its plans for 2012, albeit with the intention of returning in 2013 instead.

“So sorry but we will not be part of the 2012 season,” revealed Patricia Dethor (Batta), wife of Francis, on her Facebook account. “I love you all, your sweet messages on my private mailbox or on Facebook. Never mind we will work hard for 2013. Wish all the teams 'good luck' and enjoy the WSBK and WSS.”

Suzuki will continue to be represented in the World Superbike Championship by Crescent Racing, which in turn is receiving technical assistance from Yoshimura.

Luca Scassa, meanwhile, who was heavily linked to the proposed Alstare-MV Agusta effort, is rumoured to be announcing a deal to race in the British Superbike Championship soon.


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