Liberty Racing has released a statement confirming the departure of its rider Sylavin Guintoli following an apparent disagreement between technicians and team managers.
Guintoli revealed earlier today [Thursday] that he wouldn't be present for the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno after splitting with Liberty Racing, claiming the team did not have a bike for him.
Liberty Racing have since responded, confirming Guintoli's departure and adding that the decision by several members of the technical crew not to travel to Brno left him without sufficient technical support to compete. As such, Guintoli responded by quitting with immediate effect.
“The Liberty Racing Team would like to inform with regret that despite its will, an unsolvable break born from a misunderstanding between the mechanics and the administrative management of the team, revealed a bitter surprise at the arrival to the Brno Circuit.
“In fact several men of the technical crew have decided not to participate to the Czech Republic Grand Prix and to the rest of the championship. This defection sadly involves the French Rider Sylvain Guintoli who, without the technical support, does not take part to the race that is held in Brno this weekend.”
It is believed that Jakub Smrz and Maxime Berger will be present to compete at Brno this weekend, an event that gets underway tomorrow.
Guintoli's decision to leave comes despite him winning the team's first-ever WSBK race at Assen and holding down a respectable eighth in the standings heading to Liberty Racing's home event.