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Liberty responds to Guintoli departure

Liberty Racing says a dispute between mechanics and managers was the consequence for Sylvain Guintoli's decision to part ways with the team.
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.




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TalentFan - Unregistered

July 19, 2012 5:22 PM

Sounds like poor Guintoli has caught caught up in the fallout of a team in the process of imploding? If the technical staff have walked you gotta ask why? The usual reason for quitting a gig like that is if you aren't getting paid, so i guess we'll see. Guinters was doing a sterling job and was the teams best rider, race winner & generally running ahead of his Czech tean-mate Smrtz - so they'd not want rid of him based on performance. I've always liked SG as a rider, but he's had a lot of awful luck in his career (what he'd give to have his old Tech3 ride back now eh?). I hope he gets to pick up a decent seat for the rest of the season - he's too good to be sat on the sidelines.



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