PSG-1 WSBK team down to one rider

Sponsorships fall short for former factory team

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 22, 2009
World Superbike Championship team PSG-1 Corse will field only one rider for the remainder for the 2009 season due to the global economic crisis.

Matteo Baiocco will be the team’s sole rider for the rest of the season, leaving Ayrton Badovini without a ride.

The San Marino-based PSG-1 Corse team operated Kawasaki’s factory WSBK program in 2008 before the manufacturer opted to switch to the Paul Bird Racing Team in November.

The global economic crisis has forced PSG-1 to cut Ayrton Badovini.After losing its factory backing, PSG-1 Corse had to rely more on support from sponsors. The team released a statement citing a lack of payment from some sponsors for the decision to drop a rider.

Team manager Pierguido Pagani opted to stick with WSBK rookie Baiocco who has competed in all six races this season, with his best result a 19th-place finish in the first Qatar race. Badovini is two years younger than Baiocco and already has a full WSBK season under his belt after finishing 24th for Team Pedercini Kawasaki in 2008. Badovini has PSG-1 Corse’s best finish this season, 17th in the first Valencia race, but it was the only race he finished this season. Badovini did not start in the season-opening Phillip Island races and retired in the other three.