Liberty confirms Russia absence, reaffirms commitment
The Liberty Racing team has confirmed it will miss the upcoming 11th round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at the Moscow Raceway, but insists it will return for the final three events after a 'constructive reorganisation of its human, technical and logistical resources for the next racing season'.
Speculation regarding the future of the Czech-based team was raised when it wasn't included on Infront's provisional entry list for next week's Moscow event, the series' first-ever foray into Russia.
Liberty has now formally confirmed its absence for that event, but maintains it will be present for the final three events, starting with the Nurburgring on September 7-9, and also reaffirmed its commitment to competing in 2013.
In the meantime, Liberty Racing's press release suggests the team will undergo a restructure across the team, a move that it says also concerns riders Jakub Smrz, Maxime Berger and Brett McCormick, though it isn't clear whether such a statement relates to the final rounds or for the 2013 season.
"The last part of the season is a prelude to a constructive reorganisation of its [Liberty Racing's] human, technical and logistical resources for the next racing season," a press release read.
"Looking for the next round, the Liberty Team is overhauling its staff organization and sport planning for next year, when Liberty Racing will be at the start of the World Superbike Championship determined to improve its results.
"That decision involves also the riders of the Czech team, Kuba Smrž and Maxime Berger, who will arrive in Germany at the beginning of September ready and motivated, while the recovery Brett McCormick is ongoing.
"The Liberty Racing Team continues in its commitment to motorsport not only animated by the desire to obtain significant performance results but also investing in an increasingly profitable and targeted way, thus building its future by analysing and improving its present with care and foresight."
Having made a solid debut in 2011, Liberty Racing has been embroiled in controversy at various points this season, most notably its retort against Infront over the handling of the cancelled Monza races and the acrimonious split with its lead rider Sylvain Guintoli last month.
Despite this, Liberty Racing has achieved several landmarks in 2012, with Guintoli scoring its first win at Assen, while the Frenchman and Smrz have notched up three pole positions between them.