Sete Gibernau's Grupo Francisco Hernando team was not the only squad to withdraw from Grand Prix motorcycling this week. American rider and former Kenny Roberts protege Steve Bonsey has lost his ride as well, after Bonsey's Milar - Lucky Juegos team pulled out of the 250cc championship as well. According to paddock veteran Dennis Noyes - resident in Spain and well-connected inside Spanish racing circles - the team, run by Josep Criville, brother of former 500cc World Champion Alex Criville, has been 'dissolved' due to a lack of funds.
The news is very tough on Bonsey, as the Aprilia Madrid team which Bonsey was due to race for in 2009 folded at the start of the season. Bonsey eventually found a new home with the Milar - Lucky Juegos team at the Catalunya Grand Prix, but his new engagement was to last for just two races, Catalunya and the subsequent Dutch TT at Assen. Just a few weeks later, Bonsey once again fell foul of a lack of funding, despite scoring points on the team's aging privateer-spec Aprilia. Bonsey had been hoping to use the opportunity to secure a ride in the promising Moto2 class next season, but now, his pursuit of that goal will have to start all over again.