Guandalini Racing has become the latest victim of the global economic crisis after announcing they will compete in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno with just a single bike for Jakub Smrz.
The Italian team, in its second season of competition, expanded over the winter to include an additional Ducati for Brendan Roberts initially before Gregorio Lavilla took over from the Kyalami round onwards.
However, the global economic crisis and 'late payments from a main sponsor' have forced Guandalini to trim their line-up to one bike, which will continue to be ridden by Misano pole sitter Smrz.
Currently eighth in the overall standings, Smrz is hopeful of a good result, despite some indifferent performances there in recent years.
“The last race at Donington Park wasn't really good and I had my first crash since the Valencia race. But that's racing and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season, because the championship is very close and every point is important.
“My home race at Brno is always very difficult because Brno isn't the best track for me, but I am happy to race in front of my home crowd. I'd like to do my best and fight for another podium.”