Motorcycle Racing News Smrz Joins All-new Ducati Team in 2011

Smrz Joins All-new Ducati Team in 2011

Ducati Superbike

A new motorcycle racing team is gearing up to enter the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship.

The World Superbike team is called Liberty Racing, and is owned by the Liberty CZ Group which is based in the Czech Republic. It will take part in the 2011 WSBK championship using Ducati 1198 machines.

The rider chosen to spearhead the team’s attack will be 27-year-old Jakub Smrz from the Czech Republic, who has been on several team’s shopping lists this year and who has considerable experience on Ducati machinery.

In 2008 Smrz rode a customer Ducati 1098 RS for Guandalini Racing. He finished the 2008 season in 13th place in the championship.

For 2009 Smrz earned his first podium finish (3rd) in the fourth round of the season at Assen and first pole position in the eighth round at Misano Adriatico, finishing 10th overall on the year.

Smrz remained with the team in 2010, running under the B&G moniker after a partnership deal with the former Sterilgarda Ducati team.

After a string of mechanical failures midseason, the team switched to an Aprilia RSV4, marking the first time Smrz had ridden anything other than a Ducati in the class. Smrz is now back to his Ducati roots.

The Liberty Group is involved in the business of food and office supplies. And also owns Effenbert beer, which has been present in the championship as a sponsor for a few years.

After a couple of World SBK seasons spent learning ‘the ropes’, the Liberty Group has now decided to invest in new team premises, based in Prague, the company headquarters.

2019 British GP Preview: No Clear Favorite at Silverstone MotoGP

Honda's Marquez has a comfortable 58-point lead over Ducati's Dovizioso, but there is no clear favorite at Silverstone due to winners there over 5 years.

2020 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Restyling Revealed (First Look)

2020 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Gets A Makeover Although black has been the go-to color for designers in recent years, the 2020 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic is...

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited First Look (5 Fast Facts)

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited First Look: The Motor Company has an impressive new replacement for the Road Glide Ultra touring motorcycle.

2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup First Look (13 Fast Facts)

The 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO lineup consists of the new CVO Tri-Glide, along with updated editions of the CVO Limited tourer and CVO Street Glide bagger.

2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S First Look (9 Fast Facts)

Harley-Davidson Low Rider S Returns Following a two-year hiatus, the Harley-Davidson Low Rider S returns to the MoCo's lineup. The 2020 model has more power and...

5th Annual Riding for Warriors Motorcycle Ride Raises $25K

2019 Riding for Warriors For the past four years, one of the highlights of the nonprofit Hope for the Warriors was its "Riding for Warriors"...