The financial woes of Liberty Racing seemingly continue, as the World Superbike team is absent from the entry list for the upcoming WSBK round in Moscow, Russia. It is being reported that all three of Liberty’s riders are missing on the entry list, as well as Team Grillini’s Norino Brignola.
It is not clear at this time why the four riders are not entered in this weekend’s race, though since it is the first time World Superbike has run at Moscow, one cannot rule out logistical issues. However, considering the type of season Liberty Racing has had this year, not to mention the rumors of the team’s financial difficulties, the non-entry at Moscow could signal a much bigger problem.
Liberty Racing has had a tumultuous season this year, which started with Brett McCormick fracturing his neck at the Assen round. Things got very sour from the Monza round onward though, as the Czech team first made a very public temper-tantrum regarding the cancelled and shortened-race formats in Italy.
Saying that World Superbike played favorites among teams and riders, Liberty Racing apparently did not like its pecking order in things after Sylvain Guintoli won a race at Assen, and set on the pole-position at Monza. Soon after the Mozna round, rumors began to float around that Effenbert was scaling back its involvement with the team.
Two months later Guintoli left the team after Liberty Racing failed to provide bike for Guintoli at the Czech round, which then saw Liberty Racing issue an embarrassing press release that laid question to Guintoli’s results in the team, which were the best the Czech squad had ever received in World Superbike racing.