WSBK » Haslam thanks Alstare for letting him go

The 2010 World Superbike runner-up thanks Team Alstare as he prepares for his swansong with the outfit at this weekend's French finale.

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GP One - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 1:14 PM

I'm a suzuki man all my life, almost all my bikes are suzukis and i supported their racing team through thick and thin but this latest failure of an epic proportions just take the cake for me. They lost 2 of the best upcoming riders in the world and refusing to support their only shot at glory (for the past 5 years) is just a huge WTF moment (and massive disappointment) for me.

Wanna see how fcuking up great riders through your sh1tty racing program gonna affect your sales? I'm getting a kawasaki next year.

eBaums - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 1:33 PM

Hard times for Haslam but also for team owner Batta. Very strange strategy from Suzuki, they let go Biaggi (WDC 2010), Spies (WDC 2009) and now Haslam who for sure had the ability to be WDC 2010 in SBK and will be WDC but with different bike. Now talking about Batta, he really should consider to split his bussines relations with Suzuki focusing on others and Kawasaki next year looks promising so getting third factory bike with Tom Sykes and make second Kawasaki factory with PBM would be cool.

Rocket - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 2:06 PM

No more or less than I would expect from Francis Batta, a true gentleman and ambasador for our sport. Well done for this year with a less than factory bike and all the best for the future, whoever it's with. As for Leon on a BMW S1000RR, bring it on, next Brit WSB champ anyone?


September 27, 2010 4:05 PM
Last Edited 1767 days ago

I think he should stick with Suzuki as even without factory support the bike is better than the BMW (where did they come yesterday!?)... Plus he knows the team and has good relations there.
Furthermore, such a good season could have resulted in additional sponsers for next year and enabled more team development on the bike.
I doubt we'll see Haslam getting such results again.

As for Suzuki failing to respond to Batta in six weeks words fail me...disgraceful.


September 27, 2010 4:11 PM

suzuki as made a BIG BIG mistake in not helping. i know batta has been in japan to sort it but seems to have come to have not it the highs that leon has this year on a gsxr we think the bike will be any better next year...?

DW - Unregistered

September 27, 2010 4:34 PM

I heard ... that Suzuki is trying to play hardball with InFront / FIM over the rules, which is what is delaying their decision. Apparently they're not happy with the Aprilia & if the rules are changed they are prepared to pull the factory MotoGP team & officially support both Alstare & Yoshi in WSBK.

Maybe with Aprilia winning this years title, the rules might change enough to make Suzuki happy & we'll see 4 factory bikes ... then Leon is not going to be so happy.

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