Posted: 06 Apr 2013
Despite a 2012 season filled with more rider changes than…well something that changes A LOT, Effenbert Liberty Racing is pleased to announce that like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the team is back – but for how long?
While there have been rumours of a return from the Effenbert team for a while, it has now been confirmed that it will compete in the 2013 FIM World Superbike Championship – starting next weekend in Aragon, Spain.
The announcement was good news to Effenbert Liberty Racing’s Mark Aitchinson, who was planning to ride in the BSB this year. However, his plans changed when the Spitlath Redmond Aprilia team pulled out of the series last month leaving him without a ride. He will now pilot the Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R in the WSBK series.
Mark said: “I'm very happy to have found a place in the World Superbike Championship for this season. I’m really looking forward to starting this new project with the Effenbert Liberty Racing Team as it's a great opportunity!
"Of course we know that it won’t be easy coming in late to the series. We have had very little testing and development time, so it's fair to say that I plan to use the first few rounds to accustom myself with the bike and team. I will do my absolute best I can for the team, and I'm sure once we find a good direction and rhythm, the results will come.”
2012 started well for the Effenbert team who achieved its first podium after a spectacular ride from Sylvain Guintoli, but the rest of the season was tainted by controversy including numerous rider changes, conflicting press releases and even non-attendance at some rounds. However, this is something team owner, Mario Bertuccio, is determined to avoid in the future.
He said: “The 2012 season for us was particularly hard and therefore this year we have the opportunity to rewrite our future. We have a lot of trust in Mark – I want to personally thank him for accepting our team and helping us to realise our project with determination.”
At the moment, Effenbert’s ‘team’ structure is looking a bit empty with spaces vacant for Chief Engineering, Chief Mechanic and Data Engineering as well as Suspensions Manager and Mechanic.
According to the team’s official press release earlier this week, all staff at the Effenbert Liberty Racing team would like to thank the organisation of the WSBK Championship and all its sponsors that, with their support and enthusiasm, have made it possible for the team to continue its commitment to the sport.
Let’s hope we see more of the team than we did last year…