WSBK » Furious Effenbert Liberty team slams WSBK

Effenbert Liberty releases an extraordinary statement in which it slams the World Superbike Championship and its organisers.

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Rovert - Unregistered

May 06, 2012 10:52 PM

Nice to see a small team making a noise. There was no reason at all to delay race 2 from the grid. Guys who are too old for GP and want to swan around in Sbk have to man up occasionally and race in the wet. Brits all over the podium shows a depth that comes from BSB etc running races rather than running away from a bit of rain.

Matt - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 12:55 AM

To everyone saying there was no reason to delay race two - you're right. In hindsight. Not the best days racing - but nobody was seriously hurt.

Chris - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:31 AM

To be fair to the organisers, if the tyres can only do 3 laps before falling apart then blame Pirelli. I don't like races being cancelled but I'm glad it happened in Italy after they claimed it always rains in Britain when we lost the second race at Silverstone a few years ago.


May 07, 2012 5:27 AM

Honda chucked the towel in years ago because of this.
Posted by Md Zane.

Honda chucked in the towel because they did not see a way to get an advantage with their superior bank account. And this is why WSBK is so exciting. It's a much more even playing field than motoGP.

hodgrep - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:28 AM

Smoke and mirrors guys. It is plainly obvious that race one could not have proceeded with the tyre issues, but who had the most to lose if race two went ahead? I suggest the riders that did not qualify well, the ones in the middle of the pack, funny enough the one's that put their hands up on the grid!


May 07, 2012 10:34 AM

Two separate issues from two separate races here. Race 1 was rightly stopped when it started to rain, but to be unable to race in the wet due to poor tyres is a joke. I noticed today that Pirelli's website says something like "if you compete in motorsport you can't help but ride Pirellis", which is all too true - they're a control tyre. When they've raced against anyone else they've always been uncompetitive.

As for race two, which is the crux of Liberty's frustration, I can't understand why the start was delayed, and all that stopping/starting must explain why two bikes failed on the warm-up lap. Conditions looked fine, and it ultimately cost us the chance to get a full race in. Liberty are a professional, well-funded team of serious racers, and they looked out of place in a circus yesterday.

Md Zane

May 07, 2012 10:44 AM

The Italian bias.
Years ago when the Flaminis took control of WSB rumours and speculations were flying around of bias towards certain teams,us fans will never know if the control tyre was designed around the characteristics of the Ducati but most of the Japanese manufactures left the competition and it become known as the Ducati cup.
Wasn't long ago the bias raised its ugly head again when Max was allowed to run gear driven cams,imagine the outcry if say Suzuki had tried that tactic.

marikson - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 11:06 AM

The issue here is not only about riders' safety or weather conditions or track conditions or riders influence or tyre issue, but, I guess, mainly a managing issue. And I will explain my point.
1. If the only issue would be riders safety then they should abandon racing in the wet because we all know that riding a bike at high speed in the wet is dangerous (obviously I'm sarcastic because there were lots of wet races that proved that they are not that dangerous keeping in mind that all kind of motorsport has a certain degree of danger in itself).

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