Supersonic Withdraws from World Superbike

September 15, 2011
Bart Madson
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Supersonic Racing has announced it will not participate in the 2012 World Superbike Championship. The Italian squad campaigned two seasons in SBK, both years fielding a single-rider Ducati satellite effort.

Maxime Berger suffered one of the more bizarre crashes in recent memory when his rear wheel sheared off in Race 1 at Donintgon.
The wheels have come off the Supersonic WSB project, as the team announced its withdrawal from the 2012 season.

Luca Scassa piloted the Supersonic Ducati 1198 inaugural 2010 campiagn. The Italian managed eight top-10 finishes that season, his best performances seventh-place results at the Magny-Cours and Miller. Scassa finished 17th overall.

French rider Maxime Berger was at the helm for the 2011 season. The former Superstock standout has managed three top-10 placements thus far, with his best an eight-place result at Silverstone. Berger’s 2011 campaign has also been marred by eight DNF results.

The most notorious of Berger’s race retirements (and probably the most memorable moment in the Supersonic’s short SBK run) was a bizarre mechanical failure in Race 1 at Donington. In that incident Berger’s rear wheel sheered off the Ducati’s single-sided swingarm. Amazingly, the rider escaped unscathed, as the wheel rolled off during a low-speed corner.

In a press statement Team Owner Danilo Soncini said: “I’m really sorry to announce our withdrawal. To compete in SBK was my desire, my famous “dream” and passion. A motorcyclist since I was a child, I was pushing until the day to reach this highest level. I can say that I reached one of the goals of my life.

“I gave a chance to two young guys with a similar dream, Luca and Maxime. They have been with us, stir up the crowds, attracting fans. Some important doors went open for them, also thanks to our efforts and I am very proud of this. I really had a chance to enjoy the true essence of sport, before business and all the other things.

“The motivation of our withdrawal is not to be found in this time of crisis, since we are facing a large investment in the world from 2010 with a deep crisis, than continuing another difficult year in 2011. We would probably have continued in 2012 when we saw the more economic regulations, but new personal challenges are waiting for me. I will not have time anymore for the joy of following my team, and sure, I made this decision with deep regret. I didn’t see our team as “job” or “work” but as a moment of a thru passion, so it doesn’t make sense to stay only for business or for money.

“So, it is time now to close this chapter, leaving a pleasant memory behind. To try to stay in this wonderful sport, i will restart to sponsor some riders or teams, likes some years ago in Motogp. I thank first of all, my team, my riders, and all the fans, the sponsors, Infront and my family who has sacrificed all the needed time in supporting my passion.

“Ciao and thanks again everyone.”