|Smrz and Aitchison were left without a ride
as Splitlath Redmond pulled out for 2013
Photo: British Superbikes
It’s looking increasingly likely that Jakub ‘Kuba’ Smrz will remain in the British Superbike series for 2013, despite his former World Superbike team Effenbert Liberty Racing trying to tempt him back to the world scene. Smrz and team mate Aitchison both became available when the team they had agreed to ride for in 2013, Splitlath Redmond Aprilia announced a “temporary” withdrawal from BSB.
As PaddockChatter noted the other day, Effenbert Liberty Racing are looking to return to the World Superbike scene at the second round in Aragon and according to reports have been keen to get Smrz back on board. However it is alleged that the Czech rider declined the offer from the team stating he’d prefer to ride in the British Superbike series. Smrz parted with Effenbert mid-season in 2012 as the team began to slowly collapse as the season progressed, sacking all but one of their four riders.
With the British Superbike season starting in less than a month and the first of three official tests kicking off tomorrow at Donington Smrz’s options are limited, however it is of course possible that he’s already signed. One of few teams yet to announce their riders for 2013 or even a presence on the grid are Padgetts Honda, yet the team have been allocated garage space for tomorrow’s Donington test and it would seem they are currently testing at Mallory Park… make of that what you will.
UPDATE: As we predicted, it was Jakub Smrz testing the Padgetts Honda at Mallory Park today, full story here: http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/pics-smrz-padgetts-testing-at-mallory.html