Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Toni M.
Yesterday in passing we mentioned that Effenbert Liberty racing team would not be taking part in next week’s upcoming round at Moscow because they couldn’t afford the long haul to the new Russian circuit, and today the Italian-Czech team has officially confirmed that they will be skipping the 11th round of the season.
The team has however confirmed that they will return for the final three events of the championship and will start a ‘constructive reorganisation of its human, technical and logistical resources for the next racing season’.
Liberty Racing bit off more than they could actually chew this 2012 season, ambitiously beginning with wanting to field a three-rider team in Superbikes and two-rider team in Superstock, but before the championship started they dropped their Superstock team leaving Federico Sandi without a ride and promoting Brett McCormick to an even bigger Superbike line-up.
After the Monza round the team released some pretty controversial press releases which put in doubt their partecipation not only at Donington Park, but for the rest of the season, however they showed up in England with a dumbed down hospitality and the craziness continued into the next round at Brno when Sylvain Guintoli announced he was leaving because he and his pit crew hadn’t be paid, while the team management turned the whole situation around accusing the French rider of lack of results that caused them sponsorship hardships - Guintoli just a few days later found a ride with Pata and ended up winning a truncated race 2 at Silverstone.
At Silverstone Brett McCormick returned to action after his long recovery following his Assen accident, and the Canadian only took part in both free practices and qualifying sessions but ended up not racing on Sunday, which was probably a wise choice considering the treacherous weather conditions that caught out a massive amount of riders, but according to the rumor grapevine McCormick was told not to race and it wasn’t all about risking his safety.
Liberty Racing team press release:
There are only few rounds at the end of the SBK World Championship 2012, races that for the Liberty Racing Team aren’t not decisive for the standings, but without any doubt for the Czech Team management the last part of the season is a prelude to a constructive reorganization of its human, technical and logistical resources for the next racing season.
The team is looking to the present by projecting its investment towards the future and on the basis of this consideration, the Liberty Racing Team has consciously decided not to take part in the Moscow Grand Prix, which will take place during the last weekend of August and it represents the absolute premiere on Russian soil for the production-based racing series.
Looking for the next round, that it will be held Sept. 9 at Nürburgring , the Liberty Team is overhauling its staff organization and sport planning for next year, when the Liberty Racing will be at the start of the World Superbike Championship determined to improve its results.
That decision involves also the riders of the Czech team, Kuba Smrž and Maxime Berger, that will arrived in Germany at the beginning of September ready and motivated, meanwhile the recovery of the third riders of the Team, Brett McCormick, is going on.
The young Canadian during the last GP at Silverstone was able to get back on his bike after his long absence caused by the convalescence from the bad injury happened at Assen. His test on the English circuit, showed that McCormick is mentally ready for racing, but not yet fully recovered from physical point of view.
For this reason the team has agreed with its rider to avoid compromising the final phase of rehabilitation, taking advantage of these additional weeks until the next race at Nürburgring to complete a specific program of intensive training to regain the perfect shape.
The Liberty Racing Team continues in its commitment to motorsport not only animated by the desire to obtain qualitatively significant performance results but also investing in an increasingly profitable and targeted way, thus building its future by analyzing and improving its present with care and foresight.