Posted: 23 May 2013
Just four rounds into the 2013 World Superbike Championship, the Liberty Effenbert Ducati WSBK team has pulled out of the series citing ‘difficulties in promoting its sponsors’.
Bosses have previously been criticised for the management of the team and its riders, including a catalogue of issues such as replacing riders without telling them and blaming bad results for parting company with Sylvain Guintoli in 2012.
The team promises to communicate further details about its future plans within the next few days, but where does that leave its rider, Mark Aitchison, who has now lost his ride for the second time this season? We caught up with Mark shortly after he heard the news.
“Of course my initial reaction was disappointment,” he says. “I was disappointed I wouldn't be riding for the team again, but also that I wouldn't be riding this weekend at Donington Park. I really wanted to ride at Donington as it is like a home race for me.
“My second thought was for the rest of the team. They have put in such a big effort this year, and it's sad that it hasn't been rewarded with the good results that it should have been.”
Having been in this situation before, Mark uses it as just another learning experience. “It's just one of those things,” he continues. “I have been in this position a few times before and I know how to react to it now. It's another result of the economic situation that can't always be helped!”
So what's next for Mark? “It's a bit of a waiting game for me now,” he says. “I need to wait for another opportunity. Unfortunately there aren't many rides on the grid, especially in the World Superbike Championship, but I am staying positive though as something always comes up.”
Rumour has it that Mark will still be travelling to Donington Park this weekend, although he won't be in his leathers. We wish him luck in finding another ride so that he can really demonstrate his riding ability and get back out on track soon.