Superbike: Smrz Drops Ducati For Aprilia
The World Superbike Team Pata B&G Racing has dropped the Ducati 1198 R and in-turn for another Italian motorcycle brand. Starting from the Brno World Superbike round, the team managed by Marco Borciani and Mirco Guandalini will race on an Aprilia RSV4.
The team called it a “consistent investment” that was necessary in order to enable Jakub Smrz to battle for the top positions in the remaining World SBK rounds of the season. Max Biaggi has demonstrated to speed and reliability of the Aprilia Superbikes as the most winning platform in the 2010 series.
The RSV4 has already won eight victories with Biaggi – the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team colors bearer and current leader in the WSBK rankings – and another 5 podiums, which have taken Aprilia to the lead in the Manufacturer rankings.
Marco Borciani and Mirco Guandalini fulfilled their Superbike project idea as they have bigger ambitions for the second half of the Superbike season. Switching out a race bike platform over a three-day period is rather ambitious. But the team wants to win and feel they have been oh so close with Smrz showing signs of brilliance in earlier World SBK rounds.
“We really wanted to reach this deal, Borciani and Guandalini said. We are confident that as a result of this collaboration, we will be able to prepare for Smrz the best machine in Superbike, if we look at the overall standings.”
“However, changing will not be easy, but we are working very hard in order for us to be at our best at Brno, where we will be in three days time. I’m sure this change will be exciting for our rider too, who has been slowed down by technical issues lately and his hard work did not bear fruit”.
Nothing will change for Team Pata B&G Racing’s Lorenzo Baroni in World Superstock 1000 as he will continue racing on the closer to stock Ducati 1198 R.