Larry Pegram announced today that he will not be riding a Ducati in the AMA American Superbike series. Pegram initially put together the Team Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing team in 2006 with the help of Ducati North America, and campaigned the Ducati 1198R Superbike last season to a fourth place Championship position. Pegram is expected to announce what bike he will campaign next week, with the idle gossip in the AMA paddock suggesting either a Suzuki or Kawasaki.
“I truly appreciate each and every fan who came to the races to cheer on the team,” Pegram said in his press release. “Ducatisti are very enthusiastic about racing and that really helped our good races become great races.”
“I am very proud of the results that Foremost Insurance / Pegram Racing achieved for Ducati and I am very appreciative of the support they gave the team, especially Michael Lock and the employees of Ducati North America and Corse,” continued Pegram. “It is with a very heavy heart, that I announce we will be unable to continue racing with the brand in 2011.”
We couldn’t reach Ducati for a comment on Pegram’s announcement (although we might be able to lure a PR person out in the comments section), but it is interesting to note Pegram’s mentioning of former Ducati North America CEO Michael Lock, who left the company earlier this year. Perhaps Lock’s departure has something to do with Pegram’s move.