Supersonic Racing has revealed it will withdraw from the World Superbike Championship at the end of the 2011 season after just two years of competition.
The Italian team was founded by Danilo Soncini with the intention of making its debut at World Superbike level, the Supersonic name making its debut at Portimao in 2010 with Luca Scassa on a satellite Ducati.
Despite the team's lack of world championship experience, Supersonic and Scassa made confident strides over the course of the season, peaking with a best of seventh at Miller Motorsports Park and Magny-Cours, while the Italian rider also started the Imola round from the front row too.
Continuing with a single-bike effort in 2011, Supersonic signed Superstock standout Maxime Berger, the Frenchman proving a worthy points' contender having taken a best finish of eighth at Silverstone.
However, despite originally signing Berger on a two-year contract, Supersonic Racing has confirmed it will disband at the end of the 2011 season as Soncini goes in search of new challenges.
“I'm really sorry to announce our withdrawal,” he said. “To compete in SBK was my desire, my famous "dream" and passion. A motorcyclist since I was a child, I was pushing until that day to reach this highest level. I can say that I reached one of the goals of my life.
“I gave a chance to two young guys with a similar dream, Luca and Maxime. They have been with us, attracting fans. Some important doors opened for them, also thanks to our efforts and I am very proud of this. I really had a chance to enjoy the true essence of sport, before business and all the other things.
“The motivation of our withdrawal is not to be found in this time of crisis, since we are facing a large investment in the world from 2010 with a deep crisis, than continuing another difficult year in 2011. We would probably have continued in 2012 when we saw the new economic regulations, but new personal challenges are waiting for me. I will not have time any more joy from following my team, and sure, I made this decision with deep regret. I didn't see our team as "job" or "work" but as a moment of passion, so it doesn't make sense to stay only for business or for money.
“So, it is time now to close this chapter, leaving a pleasant memory behind. To try to stay in this wonderful sport, I will restart to sponsor some riders or teams, likes some years ago in Motogp. I thank first of all, my team, my riders, and all the fans, the sponsors, Infront and my family who has sacrificed all the needed time in supporting my passion. "Ciao and thanks again everyone."