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Effenbert Liberty threaten to quit WSBK

The Effenbert Liberty Ducati team have hit out at the "unacceptable" decisions made in Monza on Sunday, saying it could impact on their future in World Superbike racing.

Effenbert Liberty's Sylvain Guintoli was set to start the two races at Monza from pole position having put in an impressive showing on Saturday on a damp circuit.

However, Guintoli's efforts came to naught when Race 1 was cancelled after just three laps with the Frenchman in second place, right behind Tom Sykes.

He fared even worse in the afternoon's second event as, with several riders putting a stop to the first attempt to start the race after two warm-up laps, his Ducati 1098R cut out on the second running of the warm-up.

Guintoli's Czech-based team was not impressed with the day's decisions and lashed out at the World Superbikes organisers saying they could quit the sport.

"The clear impression is that the WSBK has endured one of its worst days, disrespect for the public, for those who, like Team Effenbert, invests and for sports in general," said the team's statement.

"It is unacceptable that the fundamental decisions of the day are been taken with such a superficiality not even worthy of a single brand championship of scooters. At the end it is clear that the WSBK is in the hands of a little number of team and riders.

"Other categories, also titled, would never ran into such a farce, a fact proven by the competitions of the other classes without major incident and without complaint.

"Considering all this situations, the team Effenbert Liberty's management will reflect about its racing future."


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