[URL]http://www.amasuperbike.com/2003-Jul/030718y.htm[/URL]\n\nApart from the spec tyres, he sounds almost sane.\n\n"Flammini spoke of the 2001 accord that was to signify the return of the\nfactories to World Superbike in 2004 under rules the MSMA had generated.\n"All the manufacturers (were to) be seen in 2004," Mr. Maurizio Flammini\nsaid at the Laguna Seca press conference. "After three years, at the\nlast meeting of the MSMA, they said 'We can guarantee only one Japanese\nmanufacturer'. Ducati had already confirmed (their participation)," he\nsaid. "So what (then)? In the end, the organizers must guarantee to the\nFIM, to the public, to the teams, to have motorcycles available and we\ncan't do that. Because only two manufacturers (had committed for 2004),\nyou can't guarantee that."\n\nHmmm? So Suzuki came to them and said "This is a waste of time", while\nDucati said "Wot, no Michelins?"\n\nAnd then there were none.