Gabor Talmacsi ended his trial with Team Pedercini at the Sepang Kawasaki test on Friday by informing the team that he would let them know if he would race for them in 2011 in a few days. According to the team, he “sampled a Superbike for the first time in Sepang, with a view to a possible switch to the world championship with Pedercini team. Talmacsi was impressed by the team’s skill and the Kawasaki new Superbike’s performances and potential.”
Team Pedercini has had Roberto Rolfo signed to contest the 2011 World Superbike championship since late November. He was given the most time on the bike when Sepang’s afternoon rain was not falling. There is a note on what appears to be Talmacsi’s official Facebook page (here at A&R we are not, regrettably, fluent in Hungarian) that suggests that Talmacsi was a bit upset by his lack of time on the bike.
He was resigned to that fate because of the routine rain in Malaysia and Rolfo’s status as the contracted rider. That note could suggest that Talmacsi has already made up his mind and will not be riding for Team Pedercini in the upcoming season, depending on the translation. Talmacsi’s Facebook note ended, “it was fun to try a superbike engine. Thank you for the Kawasaki factory team and this opportunity, which is also a charge [change?] for me.”
There is no reason to believe that Talmacsi has other racing opportunities lined up for 2011 after the demise of Speed Up, his 2010 Moto2 team. Team owner Lucio Pedercini does have another option though, as Lucas Pesek is also negotiating for Team Pedercini’s available race seat. Word of a contract, or lack thereof, should be available from either Talmacsi or Team Pedercini early this week.
Source: RoadRacing World