|Could Smrz return to the Czech team he left in 2012?
It seems possible that the disgraced Effenbert Liberty Racing could return to the World Superbike paddock as soon as the second round of the season at Motorland Aragon next month. The Czech team first entered the World Superbike Championship in 2011 and have achieved podiums and a race victory with former riders Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz. However, due to what would appear financial difficulty the team fell apart in the second half of the 2012 season – first sacking Guintoli, then Smrz and eventually pulling out altogether.
Reports suggest the team had been talking to Noriyuki Haga, arguably the best world superbike racer ever to not have won a championship although it is said he wanted too much money from the team, despite only managing to finish 8th in the British Superbike championship for 2013. Therefore it looks likely that Lorenzo Lanzi could take one of the BMW S1000RRs the team have apparently secured. It’s also possible that Czech rider Jakub Smrz could return to the team, after Splitlath Redmond Racing announced a temporary withdrawal from the British Superbike championship last week, leaving Smrz with no ride.
Other names being banded around are that of Brett McCormick who rode for the team in the troubled 2012 season and Simone Grotzkyj.