The hoopla surrounding the Effenbert Liberty Racing team and last weekend’s World Superbike race at Monza continues, though the Czech-based racing squad is present and accounted for at Donington Park this race-weekend. Traveling without its hospitality suite, the largest in the WSBK paddock, Liberty Racing is essentially sans its title sponsor this weekend, and the teams says Effenbert may withdraw its participation in World Superbike after the events at Monza, though the team is committed to completing the 2012 World Superbike Championship.

Saying that its ire in the press was improperly casted towards Infront Motorsport, the team in another statement has clarified that it blames a small number teams and riders, who helped shape the cancellation of Race 1 at Monza, and the shortened distance of Race 2. With Effenbert Liberty Racing rider Sylvain Guintoli on the pole position in Italy, the team is understandably upset about not being able to capitalize on the weekend, especially after securing two podiums at Assen, one of which was a race win. The broken English press release after the jump, while Liberty rider Jakub Smrz currently sits on WSBK’s provisional pole.

Press Release from Liberty Racing:

The Liberty Racing Team, following an interview released by La Gazzetta dello Sport with team owner Mario Bertuccio, would like to further point out that the press release issued by the team on Sunday, May 6, has been unambiguously understood by some media and given the wrong interpretations to the concepts expressed.

The clear disappointment was directed to a small number of Team Manager and riders, that conditioned the development of the Monza race for their specific sports interests, and not against Infront Motorsport, to which the Czech team has great respect and trust, and thanks to which the team’s image has grown over the years.

When the Sunday race 1 was cancelled at Monza, the team had a damage. “Our sponsor has invested heavily in the Effenbert Superbike project, on Sunday we had Guintoli on pole and with such a result we couldn’t properly take advantage of the media visibility. And now we risk losing the title sponsor.”

At Monza the team was ready to run, also thanks to the guarantee given by Pirelli about the perfect integrity of the tyre’s performance, thesis supported by our riders that they would have no hesitation in competing regularly.

Mario Bertuccio, Team Owner also said that the Liberty Racing will continue on its path of professional and sports growth in the World Superbike Championship. The SBK is passion, in the world it is the expression on two wheels more closer to the real fans, the Team Liberty attempts to give aim to this thrill world every time it takes the track with its riders.

Dedication, enthusiasm and the will to compete with opponents shoulder to shoulder, without distinction between “official and unofficial”, is the indissoluble element that urges the Czech team to compete more strongly motivated, without underestimating to the sense of respect for significant economic investments without which it would be impossible even to make dream all the followers in the tracks around the world.

Source: Liberty Racing; Photo: WSBK

  • Steve

    I think the problem is the paint job. It looks like a little yellow school bus.

  • Earl Shives

    Shut Up! Shut Up Shut Up shut Up! Shut Up already!

    Go Race! Go Race Go Race Go Race! Shut Up and Race already!

    No one cares about your precious little Effing feelings…

  • grant madden

    Cant blame them really.Looked like they had the race winning bike but in the end they never got to show it.The 600s went out in the rain and Sylvain wanted to race and he was on poll.You could see he was pised off when the others wimped out.Whats wrong with them.They should know how to ride a wet track by now(Very carefully)I know how stresfull that is but they have the best tyres available and should have fronted up.I know if I had been in Sylvains place I would have been gutted and he has every right to be pissed off.Sykes was annoyed(nice version)when the rest chickened out.
    What I wonder is that when a rider puts his hand up in front of you is it ok to go racing past saying”Chicken!”or is it the right thing to do and put your hand up too and slow down?and the lead rider didnt put his hand up until the red flag came out.You could see he wasn,t happy about stopping either.Lets hope the next round flows a bit better

  • Bucks Miaggi

    Well, the problem was that Max wasn’t really up to pace, and he didn’t want to lose his lead in the championship. Therefore the best that could happen to him was if the race was being cancelled.
    Of course Max wasn’t the only rider who requested the race to be cancelled, but he was a big part for it, and you clearly could see that he was pretty happy about the decision.