Alstare evaluating MV Agusta switch

Having quit the World Superbike Championship, Team Alstare could reappear in the World Supersport series with an MV Agusta F3.
Alstare team manager Francis Batta has confirmed he is considering entering the World Supersport Championship with MV Agusta machinery next season following its decision to drop out of the World Superbike Championship.

The Belgian-based team, which finished runner-up in the WSBK championship as recently as 2010 with Suzuki support, will not continue in the premier Superbike series next season after failing to secure necessary backing from the manufacturer.

As such, though Batta emphasised his loyalty to Suzuki by refusing to work with another Japanese brand, he has stated his interest in pairing with a European manufacturer, most notably MV Agusta.

Rumours of Alstare teaming up with MV Agusta surfaced towards the end of the 2011 season, though Batta himself recently claimed in an interview that he had had little contact with the Italian marque.

However, developments since then have led Batta to declare that the project is still alive and he is considering taking the new F3 machine to the World Supersport grid. Speaking to, though Batta says any potential debut would not occur until midway through the 2012 season, he admits it's a tempting option.

"I'm working to do some races in Supersport in 2012 with the new F3 but we need to know how competitive the bike will be. We have not signed anything, so we won't be ready come February, but we could make our first appearance during the season.”

Earlier this week, Luca Scassa, who was an MV Agusta factory rider when it competed in the AMA Superbike series, denied his involvement in the burgeoning project.

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Chris - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 11:05 PM

This has got to be good news,the new M/V is stunning looking bike, this company made its name on the track. The site and sounds of the M/V hopefully will be a force to be recond with. Hopefully this will keep it as world Manufacturer championship rather than another Honda cup

trr - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 4:01 PM

Would be a good move to both parties. The new 675 MV is gorgeous but they will not sell enough even on the nice reduced price if they don't prove that it is not only a state of art design piece but a fast and RELIABLE supersport bike as well. It must not be in the top5 immediately but it has to be seen on world stage. A good team as Battas with a very good rider and a factory backing could get into the top 10, that is enough. A flash here and there is good marketing enough. Hope they will agree an the terms!

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