WSBK » Liberty clarifies position after Monza furore


Liberty Racing plays down its reaction in the wake of the Monza World Superbike round, but hints Effenbert may quit as a title sponsor.

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injected - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 9:36 PM

It would be nice to see a similar explanation of what happened at Monza from both race and series organisers. Their silence only serves to emphasise their contempt for fans, not to mention wsbk teams.

Myke

May 10, 2012 10:32 PM

Yes, that was an unprecedented shambles, they should be refunding all monies paid by fans, competitors and all other forms of revenue gained by the organisors from that meeting, did they really think that was a professional way to run a round of an international racing series?
Effenbert should sue

Rooty - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 12:08 AM

They are absolutley right. I wonder exactly how many seconds into the drive around the circuit it took Biaggi to say the race should be cancelled given he knew his bike needed a new engine and wasn't going to be ready. The organisers do have to listen to the riders but maybe they should be more thoughtful in who they pick in a given situation.
Also, a lot has been made of the tyre only lasting 3 laps but that was in drying conditions. Even in the last practise it was wet but the rain had stopped and it was drying. As well as the Liberty boys, Checa also said in a post race interview that as it was steady continuing rainfall at the time he was prepared to race.
Lessons to learn maybe but WSB still provides a great spectacle overall !!

herewego - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 10:15 AM

At the end of the day it is rider safety that is the most important factor! Pictures of the wet tyres falling to bits were clearly seen, something that looked horrendous to be honest. Most of the riders agreed that they did not think the wets they were expected to ride with would last any longer than about 3 laps, so what would have been the point in even attempting to race? Yes it is annoying and disappointing for the fans/sponsers etc. but the conditions were awfull and it is the riders that have the final say - they all want to live for another day after all!!

trent - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 2:35 PM

what a shame they have " backed - down " . their initial release was absolutely correct . The organisers were influenced by a bunch of latin fossils who weren't good enough for motogp and are now destroying wsbk . The most boring champion in wsbk history with a personality by-pass has emptied he circuits and now empties the grid with his antics . clear off fossil and take those other has-beens with you. lets have some men on the grid before the series is completely destroyed by the pensioners .

bliz - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 4:13 PM

Strange decision by Effenbert at they're really only hurting Liberty and their riders--none of whom were at fault. In fact, they've already shown Effenbert at Assen (win) and Monza (pole) that they're a respectable team to put their name on. Effenbert should convey their frustration to InFront (who should be protecting teams and sponsers in these such matters) in hope for some kind of recompense. But scaling back or dropping Liberty makes them look just as bad as the decisions that led to this in the first place.

Pizdoff - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 6:23 PM

I understand why Liberty were so scathing and even why they've toned it down slightly.

But I think its only half the story and the REAL blame lies with Pirelli.

Yes, certainly, pulling the plug favoured the non-Ducati teams. They had a vested interest and boy did they look after it.

BUT they were only able to do that because Pirelli handed them the excuse they wanted on a sodding PLATE!

Nobody could reasonably be expected to race on those tyres. There *would* have been injuries, probably many injuries.

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