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"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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trr - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 4:45 PM

I think something is not right...either Batta's offers were turned down by the other manufacturers or he is not the businessman as I thought he was. For a businessman there is no such thing as loyalty, especially when a partner keeps on pissing on our legs. Suzuki...what a joke they had become. Not only because their pulling out of GP and WSBK, but rather the way they handled their partners, teams and racers.
Batta should man up and go to Aprilia or Kawasaki and make a good satellite team. It is a shame that he is leaving motorcycle racing altogether.

Wolfy35

November 18, 2011 5:29 PM

@ ZeR0 Kun

Crescent has not had Suzuki support in this years BSB either, infact no team in BSB had official Suzuki support. TAS had support from Suzuki UK and will again in 2012 but it is not factory support just equipment & parts but no race tuning or parts.

Crescent will use Yoshimura who are a tuning & race specialist this should in theory at least give them a chance of running at the sharp end.

Steve hasnip - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 6:09 PM

Batta's first mistake was to sack Whitham and employ Chilli. Other than one lucky year with Corser, his team has been dismal. That said, Suzuki's attitude to racing as made me swear never to buy another. Another Castrol painted Fireblade for me next year.

Joeski

November 19, 2011 2:02 AM

Loyalty is an honorable trait...good on you Francis, however I did not see that respect paid in turn from Suzuki. The fact that he stuck it out so long with them was honorable enough..."no new bikes since 2008"
In this case I would not have blamed Batta in continuing his passion for racing with another brand. That Yamaha deal would have been sweet for Alstare. I had all levels of respect when he supported Haslam in his move last year...showing nothing but character. Sad state but hopefully he will re-enter the foray sometime soon after he gets over his sadness and disappointment with suzuki.

ZeR0 Kun

November 19, 2011 2:43 AM

@ Wolfy35

that is exactly my point. why Alstare need to withdraw when all those Suzuki teams without factory support still can race and become competitive? they still can run the Suzuki privately and do all the development work themselves without any assistance from Japan factory.

Crescent has show it can be done -even when stepping up the ladder from BSB to WSBK - and TAS also show it can be done. why Alstare can't follow suit?

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