WSBK » Batta: How can I hold onto Haslam?

Haslam has returned Suzuki to the front of the field in 2010, but the relationship could end after just a single season.

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rc212v - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 11:40 AM

All credits to Batta for telling the truth and show respect to his rider. Sure, I'd like to see Haslam on Suzuki, not BMW. Everything can happen, but I don't think that BMW will be enough consistent to fight for the title next year. Though, it's better than to ride done Gixxer. Everyone, even Haslam, expected much more from them this anniversary year. It's disgrace to leave in the dark the rider and the team who can definitely fight for the title

DSM - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 12:06 PM

It's time for Suzuki to make a decision. Continue to putter around at the back of the Motogp grid and watch BMW, Aprilia, et al, pull away in WSB, or pull the plug on Motogp and devote the resources to WSB (or pull the plug on both? I hope not). There is just no sense in Suzuki continuing along it's current path. I don't know if Suzuki are obligated to Dorna to field a Motogp bike next year but if not, it is time to jettison the Motogp effort.

ferdinand - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 12:37 PM

Suzuki are a joke. First they let Spies slip through their they have another top quality rider and seem intent on doing everything possible to turn him away! Alstare are a top quality outfit...I know their relationship with Suzuki goes back a long way but they could also do alot better with another manufacturer...

jimmy - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 12:54 PM

I don't know what the Suzuki is trying to prove. Their MotoGP project is a joke. WSBK - first they let escape Spies and then they can't provide proper support to their no1 rider? In 2005 they had the best bike on grid and deservedly won the title. But they have aslept and since then the bike is basically still the same.


September 25, 2010 1:25 PM

Earlier this year just after Suzuki withdrew factory support from Alstare Batta made a direct offer to them to run both the WSB and MGP teams.

You have to admit that if Batta can do as well in WSB in a team with tight funding and no support that he would be able to get Suzuki back to the sharp end with full support

uzuki have had a real brain fart if they choose not to take him up on what must be the only chance of some credible success


September 25, 2010 1:42 PM

GPone are now reporting it as confirmed, with the official statement to be made this weekend or next week. Haslam is to test the bike after Magny Cours.

No mention of JT as a third rider.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 2:11 PM

Don - what happens to JT? TK are rumoured to lack the funding to run a second bike next year so for JT I guess Alstare would be his only option, but even without proper support there will still be a lot of competition for that ride.

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