ParkinGO BE1 Racing team manager Giuliano Rovelli has revealed he won't be assuming responsibility for Yamaha's representation in the 2012 World Superbike Championship after being told the manufacturer is in talks with another company.
Rovelli has made no secret of his desire to step up to the World Superbike Championship, having thus far dominated the 2011 World Supersport series in its first season as a Yamaha representative, and was considered a favourite to taking on a 2012 role in Yamaha's factory absence with Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies at the helm.
However, Rovelli has since gone on the record to say his proposal was – after much delay - turned down by Yamaha Europe racing manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp, seemingly because of an impending deal with an as-yet-unknown 'Anglo-South African company', much to Rovelli's disappointment.
“Right after the announcement of Yamaha retiring for 2012, we got in contact with Yamaha Europe offering our availability to manage the official YZF-R1,” Rovelli told Motosprint
. “Our project expected to line up Marco Melandri and the British Chaz Davies for next season, that we believe are the emergent talents for the coming years.”
“Laurens Koerkamp answered after a long time waiting for his reply, saying that they were already dealing with this Anglo-South African Financial Company. He wrote as well that there were mistakes in our business Superbike plan and he wished me good luck with another manufacturers. For sure we have already contacted other companies but I thought it was logic and natural to do this step forward to SBK with Yamaha.”
Criticising the direction of Koerkamp, Rovelli believes his team has the funding and structure in place to become a successful force in World Superbike, as represented by its impressive turn at WSS level, one that has yielded seven wins in nine races this year.
“Laurens didn't even want to study the proposal we did. My company (ParkinGO) is quite successful and to step onto SBK we would have had the support of other very important sponsors. Koerkamp is doing the same mistakes than in 2009 when they were left with no money and were forced to stop the Supersport activities for a year.
“We, with the same material have won already seven races of nine done and we are quite close of winning the World Championship with half of his budget. Obviously, if we could do the same as well in SBK, carefully managed, we would demonstrate that is no need to invest millions to get great results. Here you have the answer.”
Frustrated at being snubbed by Yamaha Europe, Rovelli is now considering other options, but adds that should the deal fall through, he will re-submit his proposal to management at Yamaha Japan instead.
“In this moment we are at the window. We are evaluating other options including MotoGP. If Yamaha is interested on our proposal I would deal straight with the top management of Yamaha that have congratulated me for the job done until now.”