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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SUZOOK - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 8:03 AM

@ Steve Hasnip

I cannot understand how you can say that Corser's title triumph in 2005 was "lucky." I'm not sure what you've based your facts on. Corser's results during his championship winning season were:

1st - 7 times
2nd - 5 times
3rd- 4 times
4th- 3 times
5th- 1 time

These statistics surely indicate a high level of consistency and does not smack of luck at all. His opponents were in their pomp. People such as Toseland & Laconi (Ducati), Vermeulen (Honda), Haga & Pitt (Yamaha) were tough racers and gave no quarter. It wasn't an easy or runaway victory for Corser & the Gixxer. He had to work hard to earn his spurs and secure the championship.In the end Troy road brilliantly and the K5 Suzuki had the measure of the other bikes throughout the season. All in all,Corser's championship win was well deserved.

simon - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 5:14 PM

A few years ago our local Suzuki dealer sold 37 GSXR1000's, this year they've sold 2. Suzuki just aren't selling enough bikes to warrant spending the millions of pounds it takes to race at the highest level. They need to take a break and start building bikes people want to buy and then return to MotoGP and WSBK and take the fight to the other factories.

kjoo - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 5:49 PM

For suzuki and the other lot this whole race replica thing has been the biggest load of crap ever. Bikes nobody wants to ride more than a few miles on the road. just boast about down the pub. Just use the things you have learded to build a proper bike 100kg with 90-100 bhp and 80mpg.
Without the childish manga look would be nice.

Ninja - Unregistered

November 20, 2011 5:11 PM

Suzuki owned the Litre Bike space, from the K1, all the way to the legendary K5 and K6. The K7 was a conservative upgrade but it lost its Grunt, its madness. All of the incarnations that followed weren't a shadow of the mighty K5. Till today, well looked after K5's could give any new 1000 a run for their money.

We heard about the corporate issues with VW and them wanting to get their shares back, however I find it hard to comprehend how supplying 5 bikes @ most to a World Stage is seen as a saving and assisting them raising the 100's of Millions needed. If anything, seeing the bikes on the world stage should at least sell a few 1000 K11's more. I also agree with an earlier post that Cars have become a focus area. Their Product range has improved with dealers in most cities doing pretty well too.

Batta was done with racing. I don't for a minute believe the loyalty excuse. Funds most likely the catalyst but there are still options to find other manufacturers. He's been around forever

peter - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 5:26 PM

Batta will surely continue with racing as it 's his life. I thinking he is working on in the shadow, making no announcement, naking no noice.....but he has something in mind for his company. His loyalty isn't an excuse, but at one stage you need to work and if an interesting door will open ....he will be in...
A legend never dies !

shamarone

December 02, 2011 6:35 PM

re: "Suzuki just aren't selling enough bikes to warrant spending the millions of pounds it takes to race at the highest level."

or more specifically people are hell bent on devaluing now rather than coming off the dime for what has always been (and still is) cutting edge kit. so we really stop pointing the finger at suzuki. the problem is with us. has been since the turn of the century.

fowler - Unregistered

December 05, 2011 9:46 AM

Batta had an approach from YAMAHA Factory .....let's see how it will go. I don't think he will ever again sign an agreement with a japanese manufacturer. He wants to stay loyal to the only one he had Suzuki. Well done mate ! But still hope to see this Team around seeing their high racing attitude and kindness with their fans. Long life to Batta and Alstare.

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