Liberty Racing eyeing return to WSBK?

It appears that Carlos Checa's in front of the pack again during private WSBK testing.
Sylvain Guintoli (#50) had Liberty's best performance last summer.
Sylvain Guintoli (#50) had Liberty’s best performance last summer.

From their website, it appears Liberty Racing is trying to return to the World Superbike series.

Liberty Racing’s 2012 season was filled with controversy; at the start of the season, they folded their Supersport squad and promoted Canadian Brett McCormick to their Superbike roster. That, and their win at Assen, were the highlights.

The rest of the season was filled with a seemingly endless chain of lineup changes and other drama. They skipped races, and bad-mouthed Sylvain Guintoli after axing him. They publicly aired grievances with WSBK management, and rumours of being a pay-to-ride team seemed to follow them as well. Nobody seemed terribly disappointed when it appeared they weren’t going to race in 2013

But now, they’ve got a photo of a Ducati 1098R in race livery on their website, proclaiming it as their 2013 bike (a couple weeks ago, they’d hinted they’d return on BMW S1000RRs). There aren’t many other details, though. According to, they’ve been trying to lure some of their 2012 lineup back, yet for obvious reasons, the riders seem reluctant to sign on.


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