Somehow, Liberty Racing has managed to get themselves back into the WSBK fold.
Last month, we told you the controversial superbike squad was hoping for a return to racing, after a rocky 2012 season that saw them shedding riders and skipping races. But after all the brouhaha, they’re still going to be around again in 2013.
They’re going to be campaigning on old equipment (they’re using last year’s Ducati 1098, instead of the new Panigale), and they’ve only signed one rider – Australian Mark Aitchison, whose BSB ride fell apart at the last minute, Asphalt and Rubber says. They missed the Phillip Island season opener, but they’re supposed to attend the rest of this year’s races.
Of course, Canadian superbike ace Brett McCormick raced for Liberty last year, and miraculously survived the season without being axed, while his comrades were sacked left and right. But he’s taking the year off for 2013, and it’s probably a wise idea. If Liberty’s season goes anything like it did last year, it’s the last place any rider would want to be.