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Alstare committed to Suzuki only WSBK

Francis Batta says his Alstare team will not race in the World Superbike Championship if Suzuki also withdraws, scuppering suggestions it is in talks with Kawasaki for 2012.
Suzuki Alstare team manager Francis Batta has gone on the record to say he will not consider switching his allegiance to another World Superbike manufacturer, adding that he wouldn't compete unless it was with Suzuki.

Alstare has been a long-term partner to Suzuki's WSBK effort, a co-operation that yielded a title win in 2005, but the manufacturer's involvement has notably reduced in recent seasons, culminating in it fielding just a single entry in 2011.

As such, rumours surfaced that Alstare was considering a change of direction for 2012, with a particular link being made to Kawasaki as they in turn consider who will run their effort next season.

However, Batta has moved to quell that speculation, saying he remains committed to Suzuki before adding he would pull out of World Superbikes altogether if the manufacturer did too.

“Francis Batta and Alstare have been involved with Suzuki for the best part of thirteen years and this tremendous relationship has given to everybody an immense amount of satisfaction. The strong relationship was forged right from the very beginning and has grown throughout the years and is one that Francis values very highly.

“Francis has been a loyal supporter of Suzuki and it is for this reason that he would like to continue with them alone in the future. If Suzuki decides not to take part in the World Superbike Championship next year, Francis will also stop rather than continue with another manufacturer.”

Suzuki finished runners-up with Leon Haslam in 2010, but it did not stop the manufacturer from slimming its effort




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nobodyknow - Unregistered

July 31, 2011 3:29 PM

"Suzuki Alstare team manager Francis Batta has gone on the record to say he will not consider switching his allegiance to another World Superbike manufacturer, adding that he wouldn't compete unless it was with Suzuki." As a Suzuki greatest fan, i really really happy with Francis Batta commitment towards Suzuki. Damn!! I love this guy and his team. I hope Suzuki will be back with full support next year on a All New GSXR1000 for the Alstare Team. Keep my fingers cross hehehe



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