Saturday, September 29, 2007

Carl Fogarty dumps plans of 2008 WSBK comeback

Carl Fogarty won't be running the MV Agusta team in World Superbikes in 2008 due to lack of sponsorship money...

Earlier this year, we had reported that Carl Fogarty would be running the MV Agusta factory-supported team in World Superbikes, in 2008. Well, that isn’t going to happen after all – Foggy has been unable to find sponsorship and would hence be unable to run the MV team in WSBK.

Says Fogarty, ‘Everyone knows that this is a difficult time for motorcycle sponsorship. However, we hoped that the combination of my team with an iconic brand such as MV Agusta would have been an attractive proposition for potential sponsors both in the UK and abroad. Regrettably, despite the enormous excitement generated amongst motorcycle fans, this has not proved to be the case, leading us to the conclusion that the market will not support a professionally-run outfit of our size without significant financial input from a manufacturer. So I have decided to bring this chapter of my career to an end by putting our state-of-the-art facility at Burton, our race trailer and hospitality unit up for sale.’

What happens to MV's WSBK ambitions now...?

Mr Fogarty, who once claimed he was going to be the 'saviour' of World Superbikes, also has the unique distinction of having been voted as one of the biggest idiots in motorcycling by the readers of Bike magazine in the UK. The four-time WSBK world champion and Isle of Man winner says he will now explore other options inside as well as outside the motorcycle industry…

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