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It has been confirmed that the MV factory will run a satellite Superbike team to contest the Australian series in 2008.
The bikes will be factory prepared and shipped over.
There is s possibility that an Italian rider will be sent down to develop ready to eneter SBK in 2009.
There is a lot of interest from top Aussie riders to be in the team, and a strong rumour is ex WSS racer Kevin Curtain.
There will also be a Brutale race bike to contest the Nakedbike class ridden by a leading class winner..
This of course is great news down here.
So far no mention of Ducati entering the Aussie Supers series with a 1198R yet.

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Exciting news and thanks for the update...You must go out and see them, and take some pictures for us!!!

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Yeah good news.
Remenber this has been 2 years in the making.
Last year were some shakedown rides in our BEARS series (which the F41000S won).
This year was a full on assault on a domestic East Coast series in both Superstock and Club Superbike. The F41000R won EVERY single race. Even beating the new 1098 race bike at the last round.
The Brutale also won a number of naked bike races.
This is the same team that will now run in the National series with full MV factory support. Italy wants to use this as a test bed for SBK as we are so far away, the racing is very competitive and we tend to bread some pretty good riders.
This is for a targeted assault in 2009 on the world stage.
So as you can see, this has been a well planned excercise.
I remember racing in 2005 when a lot of top riders thought the F4 1000S in BEARS was a bit of a novelty. Now with carefull planning 2 years on, there has been serious enquiries from top Aussie riders wanting to get on board.
It may have taken a bit longer but seeing that the USA FBF team may have jumped in the deep end too eraly we shall see.
Great news though.

Also of intererst (as a racer) is this. Normal guys wanting to race have limited budgets. So in Superbike class it is ecomonical (if you can call racing that) to buy a Jap 1000 and kit it out, and if you have talent you can get near the top 10. (We don't have the same superbike tuning rules as USA and British). To buy a Ducati and do the same, that is to be competitive, takes a lot of money. So since 2002 there has been no Ducati's in our top class. The 1098 was designed to make racing more cost competitive and get some Dukes back on grids. It hasn't happened yet. At some of the latter rounds the Ducati entered in Pro Twins and was far off the Superbike lap times of the 1000's. Maybe the new 1198R will rectify that?
So, my point, the F4100R this year had minimal work done to get it track worthy and circulated at the same times as the Jap 1000's You could even buy some of these and the price was not prohibitive.
So it is possible to go racing with an Italian and not cost a fortune it just isn't with a Twin...yet?


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Oh you beauty!!!!

Superbikes in Tassie next year and an MV in amongst them!

WHOOPEE!!!

Can't wait till the Tassie round !!!
 
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