WSBK » Alstare to leave World Superbikes


"It's not a question of turning the page, but of closing the book and putting it on the shelf. Team Alstare is leaving motorcycle racing" - Francis Batta.

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kwikkwak - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 11:41 AM

I understand being loyal but if Suzuki hadn't sent them new bikes for 3 years then is Suzuki itself being loyal?Its such a shame when a respected team decide to leave the series.

iRONIC - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 11:51 AM

Heard he was also talking with BSA to run the new Bantam !!!!! would have possibly done better with that than he has with a Fabrizio shod Suzuki !!

It's coming!!!!! - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 1:21 PM

This is just the first of many similar withdrawals over the coming months and years. It's obvious from world events that Spain and Italy have been in total financial debt denial over the past 3 or 4 years but however things manifest themselves in the immediate future there is no doubt that their time is up.

With these two countries pretty much being the backbone of world motorcycle racing, expect big big changes soon, this is just the start!

Tetley

November 18, 2011 1:57 PM

Suzuki must be in a very serious financial position to be walking away from Batta, from Crescent, and from WSB and MotoGP. These were the company's major assetts in promoting the sporting image of the brand. The delay in the announcements must have been due to last ditch efforts by team personnel to salvage a continuing presence on the world stage. With Kawasaki out, Suxuki out, and Ducati spending like a man with only a week to live, soon only Honda and Yamaha will be the only serious factory contenders. Then, with no competitors to beat, what will be the point in them staying?

ZeR0 Kun

November 18, 2011 2:16 PM

i am very sad by this news. Alstare is simply my favourite team in WSBK.

but it is very ironic that Crescent will step up from BSB to WSBK without any factory support that Alstare used to enjoy. why they cannot do the same? could it mean that Alstare depends to much on the factory? why they can't take a leaf out of Crescent's book?

theo - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 3:00 PM

This is bad news! It seems Suzuki as a brand is now intent on 'killing' itself by quitting motor racing. It was racing that brought Suzuki to prominence. Based on this racing Suzuki built a reputation and produced many very successful sports machines over the past 40 odd years. In quitting motor racing I cannot see this manufacturer ever making the same impact it did during the 70's 80's and 90's in both motor racing and production bike sales. After closing the tap to a mere drip during the past few years, Suzuki has now turned it further to a complete 'shut-off' and in doing so, more than likely has stopped any flow in the near future as far as motor racing goes!
I wonder if Suzuki is 'discarding' motorbikes and focussing more on cars, outboard engines for boats and the like?

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