Stiggy Racing has confirmed it has ended its partnership with financial provider S2 Racing, a move that team manager Johan Stigefelt admits has left the team 'in the dark'.
S2 Racing joined forces with Stiggy Racing earlier this season to help them graduate to the World Superbike Championship and run a two rider team, initially for Leon Haslam and Roberto Rolfo, before the latter was replaced by John Hopkins.
However, with two rounds of this year's championship to go, S2 have been unable to fulfil its commitments to the team.
“I am thankful for what the partners of S2 Racing have done for the team,” said Stiggy Racing Honda Team owner Johan Stigefelt. S2 Racing has given the team an opportunity that would have been hard to achieve on my own. It is just very disappointing to conclude that they failed to fulfill their commitments with the team throughout the year.”
Despite the setback, Stigefelt maintains that Stiggy Honda – already down to one bike in the Superbike and Supersport category each – will see out the season in France and Portugal.
“Although I am left in the dark financially, I still feel the responsibility to continue the season in a successful manner and give the support to the team, our riders and our staff to ensure that they, together with our partners and sponsors, continue to be part of a memorable year.”
Stigefelt went on to add that Stiggy Racing's plans for 2010 will become official soon, where he is expected to confirm that the team will run customer Yamahas in World Superbikes and World Supersport.