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Effenbert Liberty to stick with Ducati for return?

18 March 2013

Effenbert Liberty Racing is continuing to drop hints about its possible return to the World Superbike Championship by seemingly revealing it will enter a Ducati 1098R for its comeback, rather than the initially anticipated BMW machinery.

The Czech team raised speculation that it is planning to return to WSBK competition from the second round of the season at Motorland Aragon next month by launching a new website and posting a mocked-up photograph of a BMW S1000RR in Effenbert colours.

However, the website has since taken down that image and replaced it with a photograph of the Ducati 1098R it campaigned in 2012, accompanied by the line: 'The team Effenbert Liberty Racing is proud to announce the 2013 bike: Ducati 1098R'.

Adding that it is still working on a new website before revealing more about its plans, there is no word on whether Effenbert Liberty intends to be back in the series for the Aragon round, whether it will enter more than one bike and whom it is lining up as riders.

Rumours circulating had linked Lorenzo Lanzi to the project, but Speedweek.de is reporting he turned an offer down. Similarly, former rider Jakub Smrz has reportedly been approached, though his recent BSB test outing with Padgetts Honda suggests he is still pursuing rides at British Superbike level.

Effenbert Liberty Racing made its WSBK debut in 2011 and became an immediate front runner with Sylvain Guintoli and Smrz at the helm. However, after picking up its first win with Guintoli at Assen in 2012, the team became embroiled in a series of controversies, most notably parting ways with Guintoli, Smrz and Maxime Berger before the end of the year and missing two rounds altogether.