It’s official: there will be no top Ducati team in British Superbikes in 2009.
A statement has been released by Ducati to confirm they will not have any representation in the championship next season.
It will be the first season since 1995 that there will not be a top squad running the V-twin machines in the series.
Managing Director of Ducati UK, Tim Maccabee said: "The Ducati 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."
Ducati UK is still expecting to run an 1198S in the British Superstock series, so there will be some Ducatisti presence for 2009.
To read the full reaction to the story pick up today’s issue of MCN.