Brett McCormick, 2011 Canadian Superbike champ, won’t be roadracing this season.
McCormick blew everyone else away in the 2011 CSBK series, and made the jump to the supersport class in the World Superbike series in 2012. By the time the season opened, the troubled Liberty Racing team had promoted him to the Superbike team.
Things went downhill from there – while McCormick did well when he actually had a chance to race, his season was mostly spoiled when he crashed after being forced off the track. Then, Liberty Racing’s issues basically put the kibosh on the rest of the season.
On his Facebook page, McCormick said he worked hard to get a deal to race in the 2013 season, but he couldn’t find one that worked.
“I had some talks with a few teams over the past months, but none of them progressed into a deal,” he wrote on Facebook.
“The racing industry is in a tough place right now as everyone knows, and it seems to be getting worse every year. I spoke with teams in WSBK, BSB, AMA and even considered coming back to Canada for a little bit. Like I said, nothing came through for me so I won’t be racing in any series this summer.
“I would love to continue racing for a living, but I can’t justify doing it with the industry like this right now. It’s turned into more riders paying for their rides or riding for free than riders making a reasonable living at it. Having my accident this year really opened my eyes. I race motorcycles because I love it. It doesn’t matter whether I’m racing a local motocross race, or lining up for a WSBK grid, I get the same enjoyment out of it. I’m not prepared to sacrifice all other aspects of my life just to say I’m a professional superbike racer.
“That being said, I plan to race a lot of motocross this summer and keep my skills sharp! I wouldn’t hesitate to race superbikes again if it’s the right situation for me, but at the moment it doesn’t look like that will happen. I’m going back to school while I have this downtime from racing, and going to get that aspect of my life rolling.