GSE quits World Superbikes

Published: 16 September 2003

The British GSE Racing team will quit the World Superbike series following the final round of the 2003 championship at Magny-Cours on October 19.

The team has not been able to secure full manufacturer support for next season, in the wake of new rules and regulations for 2004, which include the introduction of a control tyre. To read more about the rules, follow the link on the right.

GSE currently runs Brits James Toseland and Chris Walker in WSB on Ducati 998s. They are currently third and sixth and in the championship.

" GSE Racing is currently assessing its future position, " said team boss Darrell Healey. " There are a number of exciting opportunities and I hope we can make an announcement about this in the near future. "

Healey and the team believe the new rules have stopped manufacturers committing to the series.

" I don’t feel that GSE Racing, the other top teams and the manufacturers in WSB have been consulted in an appropriate manner, resulting in a stalemate. The current situation has created a vacuum which has resulted in the demise of any future interest GSE Racing may have in the series. We are unable to proceed with Ducati and there are no other manufacturer options open to us at this stage. "

A possible move may see GSE return to the British Superbike championship. They have won the title twice previously, with Troy Bayliss in 1999 and Neil Hodgson in 2000.

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