I think it's crap he's not taking up another marque's team. As I understand it there's some kind of corp link between Alstare and Suzuki, outside superbike racing. So it sounds more like politics keeping him out, that he's spinning as showing respect for a long time parter. Lame, and a shame that's what is preventing a good team from coming back next year with a manufacturer that might actually support them. 3 year old bikes!?!? That's not support.
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