American racer Stevie Bonsey appears to be the first victim of the credit crunch, after his new 250 team failed to show up to the Jerez test sessions.The 19-year-old former dirt-tracker from Salinas, California, a protégé of Kenny Roberts, had moved up to the 250cc class for 2009 after two years in 125s, with the new Aprilia Madrid team. But the finances have apparently not arrived as expected, and the team did not arrive for the three days of testing.”I’m not sure what’s happening, but he may be without a ride for the year,” Bonsey’s manager Chuck Asksland said. “It’s too late to get anything else in the U.S.”This left Bonsey in the unenviable position of hoping for a replacement ride, or, as Aksland put it: “Waiting for someone to jump off.”
Bonsey’s Team A No Show At Jerez
Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor
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