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Effenbert Liberty out of WSBK season finale
2 October 2012
Effenbert Liberty Ducati's tumultuous 2012 World Superbike Championship season is already over after it was confirmed it will not make the trip for the final round of the year at Magny-Cours.
The Czech-based team has never been far from the headlines this year having parted ways with each of the WSBK riders it started the season with, launched a scathing public attack on Infront for their part in the Monza race cancellation debacle and skipped a round altogether under the guise of 'reorganisation'.
Indeed, original riders Sylvain Guintoli, Jakub Smrz and Maxime Berger have all been axed over the course of the season, leaving the team with just Brett McCormick and Lorenzo Lanzi last time out at Portimao, though the performance of McCormick in Portugal – where he finished an impressive fifth – gave hope that the team could end the year on a high.
However, neither McCormick, nor Lanzi – who replaced Smrz from the Nurburgring onwards – will be present in France, ending their season prematurely and raising doubts that Effenbert Liberty will make good on their intentions to carry on in 2013.
Despite Effenbert Liberty Ducati's questionable conduct in 2012, it has still been something of a break-out year for the outfit having claimed its maiden WSBK victory, courtesy of Guintoli at Assen.
As for 2013, Effenbert Liberty have regularly signalled its plans to continue for next season, with rumours suggesting a potential switch to Aprilia or BMW machinery, though it remains to be seen whether this will now go ahead.