Suzuki's sole representative on the World Supersport grid, the Hoegee Team, has announced it is withdrawing from the series for the remainder of the 2009 season.
The Dutch-based team was founded in 2005 and has proven to be a competitive entity at WSS level with long-time rider Barry Veneman finishing eighth overall last season on the unfancied GSX-600R.
However, having lost major sponsor RES Software before the start of the season, 2009 has proven to a struggle for Hoegee, with Suzuki currently classified down in fifth position out of five in the manufacturer standings.
Coupled to increasing financial problems owing to the global economic crisis, team manager Marc Hoegee has taken the decision to withdraw his team from the series for the second-half of the year.
"I started this challenging adventure back in 2005, with the team we had the opportunity to show our capabilities,” he said. “Despite huge efforts we simply cannot line up sponsors fast enough to allow us to continue in a responsible manner. I really do find that last part important. The fact we had to stop really affects me deeply.
“Everybody has invested a lot of energy in it. However this is the reality and we have to accept that as it is. I want to thank the riders and other team members very much for their huge efforts the past years and again t his season. We fought for it, but the climate for sponsor acquisition at the moment -and not only for racing- is just very unfavourable. I also want to thank our sponsors and those who cordially helped us over the years for their support."
Although various parties have indicated their interest in getting involved for 2010, rider Veneman was sad to see the team's demise for the time being.
"In the early days, together with Jarno Janssen we formed the first team that developed from a group of varmints to a professional team. Something I'm very proud of. Together with Marc and naturally the rest of our fixed group we 'moved mountains' and reached podium.
“I would have liked to give the successful 2008 season a proper sequel, but that's not possible anymore. I'm grateful towards all team members, the people of B.V. Nimag, all sponsors and partners for what we have accomplished together in the past years. It was a fantastic book, unfortunately it's finished now."
Hoegee's withdrawal will come as a major blow for Alex Polita, who only joined the team from Monza onwards after being dropped by the Sterilgarda Ducati WSBK team pre-season.