Infront laments Ducati withdrawal

Ducati will withdraw its factory support for the 2011 World Superbike season, but will continue to supply customer teams.
World Superbike Championship promoters Infront Motor Sports have expressed their 'disappointment and surprise' at Ducati's decision to withdraw from the series due to disagreements over equalisation.

Ducati made the shock decision to quit the championship it has won in 16 of the last 22 seasons yesterday [Friday], citing a motivation to concentrate on production based models.

However, despite this, the Italian manufacturer did hint that a dissatisfaction of the regulations to equalise their 1200cc twin-cylinder machine with the 1000cc four-cylinder machines was an additional factor.

With this in mind, Infront CEO Paolo Flammini is frustrated that Ducati has taken the sudden decision to walk away, adding that they have been constant negotiation with teams over how to keep competition fair. It also points out that while Ducati lost out on the 2009 title to Yamaha, it would have dominated without the presence of Ben Spies.

"We are disappointed and also a bit surprised at Ducati's decision especially since we have been asked numerous times for a change in the regulations to bring about a better balancing of twin-cylinder 1200cc machines towards the four-cylinder 1000cc bikes.

“It must be mentioned that last year, without the presence of a phenomenal Ben Spies, the Ducati 1198 would have dominated the championship with Haga and Fabrizio, and it is therefore difficult for us today to comprehend this decision, which of course we must respect.”

The statement concludes that the regulators had a duty to maintain parity with the six remaining manufacturers, rather than just focus on a single one.

“Moreover the FIM Superbike World Championship can today boast the participation of six manufacturers in addition to Ducati, with Aprilia, BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha and is therefore obliged to maintain a total balance in the regulations, without privileging one or other manufacturer in particular.”

Ducati will continue to supply machines to customer teams into 2011.

Tagged as: Ducati , superbikes , quit , infront

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concerned - Unregistered

August 28, 2010 1:35 PM

It's not fair, i'm not playing. And i'm taking my toys home!!! Ducati have only won 16 Championships out of 22, what do you think the other manufacturers thought. Instead of blubbing, they upped their game. So Ducati, UP YOURS. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

stavros - Unregistered

August 28, 2010 2:10 PM

WSBK does need to limit the electronics a tad. The aftermarket prototype crap should stay in GP. The manufacturers should have to release the electronics on their production models if hey want to race it, and then the other manufacturers have to build better bikes to keep up. BMW have done just that. Thats the whole point of WSBK and what makes it interesting, not to see which bike goes fastest with space age computers on board.

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