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    Unhappy Honda out of AMA.

    Latest bit of news from our friends at Superbike.


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    Honda pulls out of AMA superbike 2009

    Kenny Pryde writes;

    Following its withdrawal from the Formula 1 bore-fest, Honda America has announced it wont be taking part in the 2009 American
    AMA superbike championship either.

    Yes, the official line is that American Honda has withdrawn from AMA road racing in 2009. And here's the press release from sunny Torrance in California:

    Torrance CA: "American Honda announced that it will withdraw Team Honda from participation in the 2009 AMA Roadracing Series. This was an extremely difficult decision to make as the racing spirit reaches to the very core of Honda.


    The primary factor contributing to this decision is the current global economic situation and its impact on Honda. Although Team Honda will not be in attendance, Honda will continue to be represented in AMA Roadracing through our ongoing support of both the Erion Honda Racing and Corona Honda Racing teams.

    We ask that you continue to support the Honda Red Bull Racing team, the Erion Honda Racing team and the Corona Honda Racing team along with all the other Honda Red Riders as they chase the championships and battle for each victory.

    While it is unfortunate that the current economic conditions led us to take this action, rest assured that Honda's deep-seated passion for racing has not been, and will never be, diminished."


    And the subtext is that following changes to the organisation and regulations of the American superbike championship, Honda is a bit pissed off and the economic downturn has provided all the excuse for the Big H to walk away without losing face or causing offence.

    Honda UK insists that there is no danger to the UK domestic race programme which, if true, suggests that BSB really does have some credibility as a domestic race championship.
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    When was the last time Honda was close in the points?
    My understanding is that Suzuki has been unbeatable.

    Chip H.

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    More news from Superbike guru Kenny - it now appears that after a very successful 2008 season, Ducati will not be contesting the British Superbike Championships in 2009.

    Ken.

    Kenny wrote;

    Conspiracy theorists are muttering that Michael Rutter was 'sacked' at the behest of Ducati Corse in Italy to make way for its European superstock champion Brendan Roberts. Then young Aussie Roberts upped and signed for the Guadalini Ducati team in WSB for 2009. At which point, the toys and pram parted company all round. Who knows? Anyway, here's the press release:


    Ducati UK will not contest the 2009 British Superbike Championship after being unable to secure a team to defend their manufactures crown.

    Ducati had a fantastic 2008, winning a number of titles with the 1098R: the British Superbike Championship with Airwaves Ducati and Shane Byrne; the Superbike Cup with North West 200 and John Laverty, the World Superbike Championship with Troy Bayliss and the European Superstock crown with Brendan Roberts.

    Ducati were hoping to build on the success of 2008 with a strong line-up for 2009, but in the end, negotiations to field a team have been unsuccessful.

    Tim Maccabee, Managing Director of Ducati UK commented on the news, "The 1098R has proven to be a winning machine and this makes it all the more frustrating not to be in BSB next year, but we owe it to Ducati and to race fans to put together as strong a team as possible. Unfortunately due to a number of factors we have been unable find a team solution that will allow us to compete at the highest level. We do however expect to be back in 2010."

    Although Ducati will be not be competing in British Superbikes, they are expected to field riders in British Superstock with the new 1198S and will continue to have a strong presence in both World Superbikes and MotoGP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph View Post
    When was the last time Honda was close in the points?
    Quote Originally Posted by chiph View Post
    My understanding is that Suzuki has been unbeatable.

    Chip H.


    Well, a Suzuki won (I believe) every race. In the Championships, out of the top ten, Suzi were 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 10th. Yamaha came 3rd and 5th, Kawasaki 4th and Honda 6th and 7th, despite the fact that they never won a race. So, Honda were consistent but not class leading. But, looking at the ratio of GSXR Thous to any other make it is hardly surprising they came out tops overall.

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