Liberty Racing Ducati in 2011 Superbike

2011 Superbike Teams

After completing its line-up with two top World Superbike riders, Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli, Liberty Racing is continuing to invest in the team to bring it to a competitive level next year.

Close collaboration with Ducati has enabled the Liberty team to purchase the four 1198 F10 Factory machines used by Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio in the 2010 season; this bikes were not needed because Ducati pulled all factory efforts from World Superbike for 2011.

Superbike development work will continue on the bikes thanks to the presence in the team garage of engineer Luca Ferraccioli of Ducati, under the supervision of Ernesto Marinelli.

The Liberty Ducati team, run by Natale Egi, will also have four more engineers, two chief mechanics, four mechanics and two tyre technicians with numerous years experience in the WSBK championship.

Sporting director for Liberty Ducati will be Francesco Mastrandrea, while expert Lorenzo Gandini will be responsible for suspension development.

Liberty Racing has planned a private test programme at Spain’s Guadix circuit on January 12 and 13, 2011, in addition to the SBK official tests at Portimao (Jan. 26, 27 and 28) and Phillip Island (Feb. 21 and 22). Talks are also underway with Motorland Aragon for another private test at the end of January.

Liberty Ducati Superbike rider Sylvain Guintoli featured in teaser photo

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).