It appears as though World Superbike’s Team Pedercini may have promoted from within while waiting on a decision from Gabor Talmacsi for the 2011 season. Bryan Staring, former Australian Superbike champion, was to have been the team’s 2011 Superstock rider and teammate to Marco Bussolotti and Leandro Mercado.
Instead, he will be a wildcard entry for Phillip Island alongside Roberto Rolfo for the Superbike squad. Talmacsi tested for the team at the Kawasaki test in Sepang ten days ago but informed the team he would consider their contract for a few days before making up his mind.
A week ago, Talmacsi’s Facebook fan page might have indicated that he would not be taking the satellite Kawasaki team’s offer, and that Talmacsi was a bit upset by his lack of pace on the bike. He was resigned to that fate because of the routine rain in Malaysia and because of Roberto 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.”
It does not seem auspicious for the Hungarian rider that Staring be given his ride, even as a wildcard for the Australian’s home race. Staring has apparently confirmed his entry, “The idea is to race at Phillip Island, now just need to finalize some details. In any event attend the first round of the season.”
Staring has had an impressive Australian career with international successes, and was the 2010 ASBK champion with Honda, and the 2009 ASBK Champion with Yamaha. He also recently won at the Kings of Wanneroo, two races in British Superstock 1000, and finished 4th overall at Brands Hatch as replacement for Steve Plater.
There is no official word from Talmacsi or Team Pedercini on the status of their possible 2011 contract. This, to state the obvious, does not bode well for the Hungarian’s hope for a 2011 ride though. While Staring is in for the first round, Luco Pedercini had made it clear earlier that Lucas Pesek is also an option for 2011.