SBK: Leon Haslam Exits Alstare Suzuki

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Leon Haslam has been released from his two-year World Superbike contract with Team Alstare, as it was announced from the World SBK Suzuki Team in a press release.

For the past six weeks the motorcycle racing team, run by Francis Batta, has been waiting for an answer from Suzuki Racing regarding the situation for the future of the team, but without any luck.

In agreement with Leon therefore, Francis Batta has now decided sportingly to let him decide his own future.

Francis Batta says: “We all wish Leon all the best for the season 2011,” said team Alstare. “We are disappointed to lose such a talented rider in whom we had put all of our hopes. Obviously our main partner did not share our opinion.”

Leon Haslam says: “This year has been incredible, my best. I’m disappointed not to fulfill my World Superbike title aspirations with Team Alstare, as we planned one year ago. However, I am extremely grateful that they afforded me the opportunity in 2010 and then, graciously, have allowed me to depart in this courteous and gentlemanly manner.”

Leon Haslam will be released from his obligations with Team Alstare on Sunday night after the last Superbike race in Magny-Cours in order for him to test with his new race team.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).