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Alstare Suzuki to run a single machine in 2011

The team will announce its sole rider at the Magny-Cours season finale this weekend.
Team Alstare has confirmed it will continue with Suzuki into the 2011 World Superbike Championship, but will reduce its effort to just a single entry.

Coming a day after it was announced that Leon Haslam, who will be confirmed as vice-champion at this weekend's Magny-Cours finale, would be released from his contract, Alstare says its relationship with Suzuki has been extended, albeit in a reduced capacity.

Despite criticising Suzuki for being reluctant in its decision to fully commit for 2011, a brief statement explained that they will now be announcing a choice of rider at this weekend's French event.

“As already stated to the media last weekend in Imola, Team Alstare is happy to officially announce that, despite economic difficulties, they and Suzuki have decided to continue their co-operation and their work together.

“In order to lower costs for both partners, Team Suzuki Alstare will participate in the 2011 Superbike World Championship with one bike.

“At the moment, various considerations are being taken regarding the choice of rider and the final decision will be communicated at Magny- Cours on the evening of Saturday 2nd October.”

Suzuki are expected to make a similar announcement this weekend at Motegi in relation to its MotoGP involvement.


Tagged as: Suzuki , Haslam , Alstare , GSX-R1000

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keech998 - Unregistered

September 28, 2010 11:37 AM

Suzuki have really shot themselves in the foot on this one. They could have, and should have won this years WSBK championship, but their reluctance to develop the gixer was a BIG mistake. In a championship where success is related to the sales of road bikes, what point is there in not putting the resources behind a bike, team and ride obviously capable of winning the championship? I understand that the economy isn't great, but it costs a fraction of the budget they use for Moto GP to win the WSBK championship, and they ain't setting Moto GP alight! Such a shame, but good on Leon for getting outta there. BMW are looking good for next year, if he does go to them.

wr86 - Unregistered

September 28, 2010 12:46 PM

Great - a single bike with no factory support after the start of the season. What exactly is the point?? What rider would really want to sign with a factory who couldn't be bothered to send some updates when their rider was very much contending for a world championship!!??!! Leon deserved so much more....



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