WSBK » Alstare to stay with Suzuki or withdraw

Francis Batta says his Alstare team will not race in the World Superbike Championship if Suzuki also withdraws, scuppering suggestions it is in talks with Kawasaki for 2012.

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August 01, 2011 1:02 PM

What's going on with Suzuki? They've already lost Spies and Haslam as front-running world class riders, how long before they loose Hopper? Despite being with a team overlooked for Suzuki GB backing (in favour of Relentless Suzuki), he's demonstrated how good he can be not only on the British scene, his wildcard made Fabrizio on the Alstare bike look average. Even Bautista in MotoGP must be getting frustrated with Suzuki.

laurence - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 3:38 PM

Why does a "historical duo" as alstare and suzuki disapears.
if suzuki doesn't want or can go ahead with the wsbk, they will loose more market share in the sales of these ranges. They got the best team for years and it must go on.We all have to support this idea

Oliver - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 3:54 PM

I just really hope Suzuki Japan give you all the backing and Factory Support that you need as you deserve it more than anyone for all of your years of hard work and dedication towards Suzuki.
The management at Suzuki Japan should be very proud and honoured at your tremendous service over the years.
I just really hope that a New 1000 model arrives soon for you to battle on next year.
my dream team for you next year would be Leon Haslam and John Hopkins.
I think you would be World Champion with this line up!!

stephan - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 4:12 PM

Im keeping fingers crossed for Batta and hope that suzuki will be as loyal as he still is !
Nothing to do with business but "loyalty" regarding a person who has always believed and worked hard for suzuki.

andrea - Unregistered

August 02, 2011 12:12 PM

Selling bikes is a huge challenge for the moment, but if suzuki stop doing racing in the wsbk, that means additional financial trouble for selling the range.Gp will not compensate this.
Hope that suzuki can still go ahead with his wsbk team, a great combination since years ! I appreciate a lot the words of Batta, loyal and nothing to do with business

george - Unregistered

August 03, 2011 11:21 AM

Don't give up Francis, please try to convince suzuki to remain in the wsbk, with you, ....would be a great lost for the championship, for the fans, and for the spectacle. Hope suzuki will do all efforts to keep your team.

johnny - Unregistered

August 07, 2011 6:36 PM

It s the first time ever I saw such a statement ! Suzuki you were very proud to have such a great man inside their factory team ....all the best to batta and alstare hoping to see this team still next season with suzuki

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