Nieto to ride privateer Suzuki?

Fonsi Nieto could still be present on the 2009 World Superbike grid if plans to run a semi-privateer Suzuki come to fruition.

As first revealed by in December, Nieto was ousted from his factory supported ride with the Alstare Suzuki team towards the end of last year following the decision to scale down its operations to run two bikes.

Although the Spaniard has since been heavily linked to a possible ride with any Aspar Kawasaki MotoGP operation, the slim likelihood that the team will go ahead may well see Nieto try his luck at World Superbikes again.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Nieto is in the midst of acquiring a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 to run privately, albeit with input from the works team.

Coming with considerable backing from phone company Pepephone, Nieto, who is considered a sporting hero in his homeland, was not included on the official entry list for the 2009 season, but AS claims a deal is all but signed.

Nieto finished sixth in the 2008 standings with one win at the Losail season opener.

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ming man - Unregistered

January 22, 2009 11:28 AM

no i'm not leaving in the real world you idiot :? i'm living in it :)i'm also one of a growing number of people getting sick of the spanish mafia and all the no tallent spanish riders that clog up the grid :rolleyes: you know the ones that can only pull a good ride out of their 4rse when contract time comes around!!!!!!!!!

tonyed - Unregistered

January 22, 2009 1:29 PM

ming man ming man There is a reality out there in your real world where a rider, however good, indifferent or bad has to bring something into the team. If you're Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi or whoever you will be paid to ride by YOUR sponsor. In most cases YOUR sponsor pays for your ride. If this didn't happen 90% of the teams would not be on the grid. In many cases with British riders they cannot raise enough hard cash to take to a team to buy a seat unless they are sponsored by a foreign team, which often means they are not with that team for long unless they are exceptional (eg British 125 riders at present). The Spanish, whether you like it or not, put a great deal of money into racing and thus deserve their ‘bought’ rides because of this. Nieto is a very good rider, you don’t win 250 GPs unless you are. If the likes of Chris Walker could come in with more cash he’d get better rides. That is life.

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