Triumph has expressed its 'great regret' over the factory-backed BE1 team's switch to Yamaha machinery for the 2011 World Supersport Championship.

The move brings to an end a three-year association between BE1 and Triumph, the last two years of which have been spent as the brand's factory WSS team.

Triumph BE1 rider Chaz Davies claimed four podiums on his way to fourth in the 2010 WSS championship, but the company's factory WSS plans now remain unknown.

The only Triumph representative at this week's official Portimao test will now be Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman).

"It is with great regret that we make this announcement," commented Paul Stroud, Triumph's Sales and Marketing Director. "We had intended to continue our collaboration with BE1 Racing this season, to challenge for the title with the new Daytona 675R, but unfortunately when we came to the final contract negotiations it became clear that our respective business plans were not compatible.

"We have spent the past few months trying to find a solution to allow us to work together, however with the new season just around the corner and the livelihood and careers of the BE1 Racing staff and riders at stake, we felt that the best option is to end our partnership and for BE1 Racing to enter the 2011 season with another manufacturer.

"While we are very disappointed not to be working together, I would like to thank Giuliano Rovelli and his BE1 Racing team for their excellent work over the past few seasons. They have proven to be an extremely professional and hard working team, who have been excellent ambassadors for Triumph, and I wish them all the very best for the future."

Giuliano Rovelli, Team Owner and Manager, added: "I am really very sorry that we haven't been able to reach an agreement with Triumph for the 2011 season because we have put so much into the project and the team was ready to push for the championship.

"It has been three intense years and Triumph will definitely remain in my blood. I want to thank Triumph management and I wish all the best to everybody in the factory and those subsidiaries that have trusted in the racing project. Now it's time for my team to start a new venture."



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