In the wake of controversial new regulations GSE Racing, the team behind HM Plant Ducati riders James Toseland and Chris Walker, looks on the verge of quitting World Superbikes.
In an announcement made after the second race at Assen, team principal Darrell Healey said that continuing to race in the series next year would be difficult in light of the recently announced rule changes, which include the introduction of controlled tyres.
The uncertainty over what will happen with the championship next season has left the team unable to confirm the support of the Ducati factory, which has serious consequences for the team’s ability to retain sponsorship.
Healey said: " At present, GSE Racing is unable to confirm which championship it will be competing in next season, which machines it will be using and who the sponsors, riders, and other personnel will be. We are being open and fair with everyone concerned so that they can explore other opportunities within the sport. "
The team has given Toseland and Walker permission to talk to other teams to try and secure a ride for 2004.
Healey went on to say that GSE is in no way quitting the sport and is currently looking in for other opportunities for next year.
The announcement came after the BKM Dark Dog Honda team announced that it was withdrawing from the World Supersport championship with immediate effect leaving riders Broc Parkes and Christophe Cogan without a ride for the rest of the season.
The team was forced to withdraw from the championship after one of its sponsors failed to come up with the cash.
Parkes, who was discovered by ex-500 world champion Wayne Gardner, has already been signed up by the Ten Kate Honda supersport team for next year.
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