Effenbert Liberty Racing Withdraws from WSBK…Again

05/21/2013 @ 11:26 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


Sweet baby Jesus, here we go again. We are only into the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship, and Effenbert Liberty Racing is having its first (and hopefully last) kerfuffle. Announcing that “the adventure of the team in the WSBK 2013 is not of our further interest” in a press release today, Effenbert Liberty Racing announced that it will no longer race in World Superbike.

Explaining that the team was unable to promote the interests of its sponsors and partners through WSBK racing, the Liberty Racing will skip the Donington Park round, which would have been only the fourth round of the season for the squad, having skipped the opening round at Phillip Island, and starting its season at Motorland Aragon.

The news is perhaps not that surprising, considering the tumultuous season that Liberty Racing had last season. Seeing Sylvain Guintoli win at Assen, Liberty Racing would eventually implode after the wet-weather non-race at Monza.

Title sponsor Effenbert would leave the team after the Italian round, and Liberty Racing also eventually parted ways with all of its three remaining riders as well, making some very public and curious statements along the way.

This all makes today’s news an unfortunate specter of reality, especially for rider Mark Aitchison, who for the second-time this year has been left high and dry by his team, but an announcement of this nature was a predictable outcome from the second the Czech team announced its return this season. The full press release is below.

The LIBERTY RACING TEAM EFFENBERT thanks Dorna WSBK Organization Srl that allowed to the team to be present at the start to the 2013 season, and try to recover the substantial value of the investment in marketing and promotional activities carried out in the Superbike World Championship from 2008 until today , first in sponsorships and then with direct participation.

Whereas, as noted, the main goal of our team is the use of racing according to the parameters necessary for the promotion of the brand of our main sponsor and our other partners, we have found, on our opinion, some difficulties during these races in pursuing this targets.

Anyway, we believe that the continuation of the adventure of the team in the WSBK 2013 is not of our further interest, as the sponsors and partners have decided to direct the promotional investment in other channels at this time achieve the value economic effort / visibility more appropriate to the volume of investments.

In the next days will be communicated in detail the operational programs. The Team takes this opportunity to thank publicly all those who have shared this adventure and all those who have spoken and written of us, whether good or bad.

Source: Liberty Racing

  • TexusTim

    somtimes sponsors come to a team and sometimes they dont…if you dont have one and count on one to keep it all going ? ……well racing is tough if you dont have the bucks, that”s what Im tryin to say.

  • Slangbuster

    That picture is hysterical. Perfect!

  • L2C

    Hopefully Mark Aitchison signed a play or pay deal that at least covered the entire remainder of the season. I’m sure he would rather be riding than getting a fistful of walking papers, though.

  • thefundaddy

    Effenbert have a lot of money to advertise beer on a bike. Unfortunately, they’re only willing to put up enough money to buy a five year old Ducati 1098R, and a rider with a promising but as yet unproven record.

    The phrase ‘couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery’ seems all too apt. In fact I think I used it last year.

  • Motocraze

    Ducati alstare factory team should withdrawl next!!!! They are making fools of themselves in motogp and wsbk.