Amidst all the celebrations of Max Biaggi's title win, the 2010 World Superbike Championship finale at Magny-Cours will be tempered by the sadness of Ducati's final event.
A month on from the Italian manufacturer's shock decision to pull its factory support from the series it has won on 16 occasions in 22 years, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio will spearhead their farewell to the series in France.
Looking to send Ducati out on a high, Haga – who has hit a good run of form in recent races -, is determined to exercise his good record at Magny-Cours by giving the manufacturer the ideal send-off.
“I have always done well at Magny-Cours and hope that the coming weekend is the best yet. I would like to thank Ducati, the team and the sponsors for these last two years. I have had a wonderful experience with the Ducati Xerox team and hope to thank my technicians by scoring two great results on Sunday.”
Fabrizio is also keen to end his and the team's year on a high, adding he is still 'can't believe' Ducati will be withdrawing.
“I want to collect as many points as possible this weekend, to see if I can improve my overall final result. I was sorry not to have done better at Imola and now I need to score two great results in France for my team. I still can't believe that this will be the final weekend for the Ducati factory team. We're all very emotional.”
Despite pulling factory support, Ducati will still have a presence in a privateer capacity next season.