For the past two seasons, Triumph's World Supersport effort has been spearheaded by the veteran Australian Garry McCoy. McCoy has been the the face of Triumph, first with the Triumph SC team, then last year with BE1. The Australian was due to return once again to lead Triumph's efforts in World Supersport for 2010 for the ParkinGo BE1 team, but it seems this is not to be.
According to the Italian magazine MotoSprint, McCoy's salary demands have risen too much beyond the means of the ParkinGo team's relatively modest budget, and therefore the Australian will not be riding for the team in 2010. This comes as a double blow to the team, as McCoy was also set to front the Triumph ParkinGo European Series. This class, meant to showcase young talent by pitting them against one another on identical bikes, a lightly modified version of Triumph's popular middleweight naked bike the Street Triple R, is due to run as a support class at the European rounds of World Superbike.
The loss of McCoy does allow the team to restructure and expand its effort, however. The team had already intended to field three machines next year, with the young Briton Chaz Davies and Spanish rider David Salom alongside the Australian. According to MotoSprint, the ParkinGo team will replace McCoy with two riders, with AMA star Jason DiSalvo and former WSS champion Sebastien Charpentier being named for the slots. DiSalvo's exit from the US-based and DMG-run AMA Pro Racing series is unsurprising, as several American riders are believed to be looking for a way to cross the Atlantic and race in a World Championship. But Charpentier's involvement is a surprise. The Frenchman decided to retire from racing at the end of the 2007 series, after a string of injuries left him struggling to compete.