Suzuki has explained the reason why its bikes did not carry Brux logos during the World Superbike round at Imola, the team revealing it is heading to court for a ruling on non-fulfilment of obligations.
Dr. Brux was announced as a title sponsor ahead of the opening round at Phillip Island, but after neither Yukio Kagayama nor Karl Muggeridge carried any backing on race day in Italy, suspicions were raised about a possible contract termination.
A short statement from the team confirmed as much, saying:
“Team Suzuki Alstare is sad to announce that, for the first time in its history, a contract with a main sponsor - in this case Mauro Tucrhetti'e company Dr. BRUX - has had to be terminated early due to the non-fulfilment of sponsorship obligations.
“Unfortunately, as the parties could not come to an amicable arrangement, for the first time in the 25-year history of Team Alstare, the settlement of this dispute will be submitted to a court for ruling.”
Suzuki endured a difficult weekend at Imola, with Kagayama finishing just 15th in the first race following a late puncture, while Muggeridge was 13th and 14th.