Nieto close to confirming Suzuki return.

Suzuki has confirmed Fonsi Nieto is working on a deal that will see him back on the World Superbike grid in 2009, possibly riding an Alstare prepared machine.

The Spaniard has been the subject of speculation during the winter off-season after being omitted from Suzuki's condensed line-up, but talks about him acquiring a GSX-R1000 for this year's campaign have apparently reached a conclusive stage.

Although an announcement was mooted for the pre-season test at Portimao, a spokesman confirmed to that Nieto's deal consists of two options for 2009.

One includes him running his own team, but riding a bike that will be prepared, repaired and set-up by Alstare, while the other would see everything assembled and developed through his own team.

While the specification could be closer to the Celani Suzuki that Karl Muggeridge will ride in 2009, rather than that of confirmed Alstare riders Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama, available funds will decide which option Nieto chooses. Even so, Nieto, who has a high profile in his native Spain, is expected to come with substantial backing from Pepephone.

Nieto has been quoted this week as confirming to Spanish reporters that will be on the grid for 2009 and mentioned he has been in talks with team manager Francis Batta during this process.

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Raw Dawg - Unregistered

January 29, 2009 4:43 AM

ok let's be real. Yuki and Nieto both have plum rides because of their nationality. Yuki is the factory favorite (brilliant at times but wildly inconsistent and will never be in contention for a title) and the Alstare principle said last year that they have Nieto because of his sponsors and he gets a lot of press in Spain because he's popular and has a famous wife in Spain (I have no idea who she is). Max is the main guy and the only one that has a chance to win the title.

Who Cares - Unregistered

January 29, 2009 11:03 AM

As I said back in December when it was made public that the Suzuki Alstare team would be Max and Yuki only, Batta has been so clever! Instead of paying Nieto to be a Suzuki Alstare rider, Batta will have Nieto's sponsors pay for a pair of Alstare prepped Gixxers ! Batta will benefit of any good performance of Nieto's ("Alstare preps are proven awesome") AND he will make money in the meantime! First Class!

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