Bimota Alstare team reveals rendering of 2014 WSBK livery
While Ducati was officially re-launching their 2014 World Superbike team effort and showing off the new livery of the 1199 Panigale and presenting riders Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies, Bimota Alstare Racing decide to one up Ducati by revealing a rendering of the livery of their 2014 WSBK machine.
The iconic Italian manufacturer teamed up with the Belgium based team after Francis Batta and Ducati terminated their two year collaboration after just one very disastrous year of their two year contract, officially citing financial problems for Alstare with the loss of a major sponsor.
At the end of the 2013 championship it was hotly rumored that Batta was interested in fielding Aprilia RSV4s, but instead he turned to still another Italian manufacturer, Bimota and signed a five-year partnership agreement with the newly aquired marque.
Earlier this month it was announced that the team intended to enter a pair of EVO-specification machines - BMW-powered BB3, that debuted at the EICMA show last November – to compete in the WSBK category and revealing that Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon would be the team’s riders.
The rendering of the team’s red and white livery (very similar to Ducati’s WSBK squad) was created by Werner Speeckaert, and posted on the squad’s Facebook page.
It currently features main sponsor Energy T.I., who fronted one of Pramac Racing’s MotoGP team last year and also sees a ParkinGO logo, even if the ParkinGo is officially backing MV Agusta’s WSBK and WSS squads.
There is still one thorny problem for the Bimota Alstare Racing team, the FIM’s homologation rules regarding WSBK entries.
Bimota is currently unable to meet the production units required to secure homologation and officially cannot qualify for an entry - but the FIM recently issued a press release saying it was reviewing the “minimum quantities of motorcycles to be produced” in order to participate and started “discussions to modify the numbers” with an official announcement to be made by the end of this month, but apparently the team has already has received the go ahead.