Guintoli, Smrz get first run on Liberty Ducati

Liberty Ducati takes its first steps towards its World Superbike Championship race debut as it tests in Spain.
Team Effenbertt-Liberty Racing has turned its first wheel as a World Superbike Championship entity after undergoing its maiden test at Guadix with Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz.

Following its formal unveiling at the end of 2010, the Czech-based team travelled to Spain to sample its four allocated 1198 F10s for the first time, with both Guintoli and Smrz completing 700km over two days.

Resplendent in its 'Effenbert' livery – which has undergone minor changes from its first showing last year -, the bikes lapped without any major issues, with Guintoli – who is moving to Ducati from Suzuki – pleased with the initial feeling.

"I had a very good impression of the bike and the team,” the Frenchman, who finished seventh overall in 2010, said. “The first day we ran a very basic setting for me to understand the Ducati.

“I enjoyed getting back on 2 wheels after my leg surgery and riding the Ducati was a great feeling. The second day we tried different settings to better understand my toy and I enjoyed it even more than the first."

Smrz, meanwhile, spent the test getting reacquainted with the Ducati following a part-season aboard an Aprilia RSV-4, the Czech rider pleased to be competing on more up-to-date machinery than that he had with B&G Racing.

“I began to get acquainted with the new bike and the Guadix circuit, which measures only 3.5 km. We focused on different settings and especially electronics, which is the biggest difference between the bike I had available last year and this.

“I got quite used to this slow circuit and surely it will be an added value for the next season, because in the slow corners I was never very comfortable. The team and the bike work brilliantly, we have done a lot of work and we have improved a lot, now I am really looking forward to the official tests in Portimao.”

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