Brett McCormick steps up to SBK: four Effenbert Liberty Racing bikes on the starting grid!

14 March 2012
Mario Bertuccio inaugurated an important change for the whole Effenbert Liberty Racing Team. The team, already engaged in the SBK World Championship 2012 with three riders, Sylvain Guintoli, Jakub Smrž and Maxime Berger, has decided to promote the talented young Canadian Brett McCormick, contracted to compete alongside Federico Sandi in Superstock 1000 FIM Cup this year on a Ducati Panigale 1199, to the top class.

Asa result, the Effenbert Liberty Racing Team will send four official riders on track for the remainder of the season that will officially terminate on 7 October on a French circuit of Magny Cours. This decisionis just another proof of an enormous determination of the management ofthe Czech Team who believe in this sport with an unqualified commitment. This news is also a further contribution to the overall aim of the team to give an opportunity to young talented riders to show their potential.

Brett McCormick's debut in SBK is scheduled for late March, in Italian Imola. On this occasion, "the kid" (Canadian's nickname) will be riding the Ducati 1198 #68 for the first time and willchallenge his opponents of this superior category.

"Effenbert Liberty Racing Team is giving me a great opportunity, "said Brett McCormick. "My dream has always been to race in SBK and now that I have this opportunity, I will give it everything on the track. Recently, I'vebeen studying and memorizing the circuits, which obviously I do not know well, so that when the D-day comes, I am prepared as much as I can.It is going to be a very challenging season for me since I'm about to face many experienced riders. This is undoubtedly a great way to learn and grow, and I will always try to be in the leading group!"

The team owner Mario Bertuccio further explained:" The incentive to promote McCormick in Superbike is consistent with our philosophy of helping to bring up young talents. We truly have the highest respect for the Canadian rider, and we trust him as we are certain that he can pay us back on the track. This is an important choice. There are only a few teams in SBK who have decided to increase the budget for the current season and our route makes us day after day even more proud and confident about the potential of the team.
Federico Sandi remains theEffenbert Liberty Racing Team's ace in Superstock and I am sure he willgive us very good results riding the competitive Panigale 1199. Our active engagement in this direction remains intact."