Hard working but injury prone rider Danny Webb has been dropped by his Moto3 team Ambrogio Racing, but he was not unemployed for long and has already been snapped up by the PTR World Supersport team.
This felt like it was coming after the Briton picked up his second major injury of the year (he had already broken his foot at Le Mans, see picture) when he broke his right radius at Assen, his 100th GP appearance.
The Ambrogio team released a statement, which was clearly at odds with what Webb thought was going on.
Webb took to Twitter to say ” Gutted that I wont be riding in Germany but it’s down to the doctor! I will be back in USA stronger than ever!!”
That was the 3rd of July. Just a few days later on the 8th Ambrogio released the following:
“Taking into account that Danny Webb cannot take part in the next Grand Prix of Germany (July 12th, 13th, 14th ) because of his injury at the Assen TT – fractured radio, right arm – he will be replaced, at the Sachsenring, by the French rider Jules Danilo.
According to the medical certificate that Danny Webb communicated to the team, the impossibility could extend itself up to shortly before the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Therefore, given that the Indianapolis GP (August 16th to 18th , 2013) is very complex to organize as for logistic is concerned, there placement is extended also to it.”
Easy to ship over a French rider but not a Brit who expects to be fully recovered?
So, despite the fact that Webb was not due to be present, rumour was still flying around in Indianapolis that the replacement had been made permanent. Then confirmation came. Back to Ambrogio’s press releases:
“In virtue of his experience, last winter we believed Danny Webb was the rider to have with us to play a top role in the Moto3 world championship. The team decided to take on the challenge, investing resources and webb himself was given the choice of bike,” said team manager Fiorenzo Caponera. “Halfway through the season, the results are not what was expected and the team cannot see a different prospect. The team thanks Danny for his co-operation and wishes him all the best for his career.”
So Webb is cast aside, Ambrogio say for underperforming, for the rider who finished 28th on his previous replacement outing and crashed out of his home wild-card in France. Danilo is last after Friday practice.
Danny Webb, being low on luck after following in former team-mate Marcel Schrotter (now scoring points in Moto2 with the SAG Maptaq team) and running a mile from the failure that was Mahindra – now a front row bothering, podium sniffing force sporting Miguel Oliveira and the experienced Efren Vazquez- the Brit has not wasted any time in finding a new home and will be learning the Nurburgring later this month as he finishes the season in World Supersport with PTR Honda.
This is a move which has worked reasonably well for others, Kenan Sufuoglu impressed in Grand Prix racing and is currently 2nd in the 2013 championship after winning in 2012, 2010 and 2007, with Van Der Mark, Rolfo and nearly half the field having previous GP experience. Even former 125cc Champion Gabor Talmacsi calls it home.
While Jules Cluzel, a Moto2 race winner, has succesfully side-stepped all the way to the Superbike Championshship.
A final though for Webb, Supersport also gave us as champions MotoGP riders Chris Vermulen – A GP winner – and fellow Brit and podium contender on Satellite machinery Cal Crutchlow.
I could be a most excellent move after all.
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