Effenbert Liberty Racing Team - Portimao Race Report

23 September 2012
"This fifth place is like a victory," these are the words of the CEO of Effenbert Liberty Racing, Mario Bertuccio, about the excellent results achieved by Brett McCormick in race 1. The Team Owner also said - I am very happy with the race today, our team has faced during this difficulttime in 2012, one of these was undoubtedly the injury of Brett at Assen. The whole team has waited for him with confidence and now he has paid off giving us this joy made this Gp, absolutely unforgettable. Brett McCormick, like the Liberty Racing team has proven to never give up, and how it is possible, remaining united, overcome any obstacle.

Theracing day has been completed by the ninth place conquered by the Canadian in Race 2 in front his teammate, Italian Lorenzo Lanzi. Great satisfaction for the Team Liberty has signed in this exciting way the penultimate round of the World SBK.

Since warm-up on Sunday morning, which took place in a real flood, the two riders of the Czech team have shown, making good lap-time, to know how to adapt perfectly toa track in such really critical conditions. The rain has continued until the first race, forcing the race direction to declare "Wet Race". At the traffic lights go out, both McCormick and Lanzi, started respectively 13th and 21th position, have made a good start, recovering positions on opponents. McCormick has attacked the lead group and settled in fifth position, and the Canadian would have certainly improved but in the seventh lap, the race director has exposed the red flag in order to allow the marshals to clean the track from the oil withwhich Brignola, crashed down, had fouled a corner.
The second start saw McCormick start in the second row from the sixth position on the grid ahead of Guintoli, and followed by Sykes and Camier. The Canadian after duel with Spaniard Carlos Checa, has set its sights on the former world champion and the championship leader Max Biaggi. The challenge wascompleted only under the checkered flag with Biaggi and Brett separatedby a blink of an eye, the Canadian author of a spectacular performance especially remembering that he is back on track after a long convalescence from the bad injury at Assen only at the Germany GP and still in physical recovery.
In race 2 Brett McCormick, started well,had to surrender opponents like Carlos Checa while Lorenzo Lanzi after detached John Hopkins have found his race pace followed the companion McCormick. Under the checkered flag, Brett McCormick closed ninth and Lorenzo Lanzi tenth.

Now the focus is on the last race of the World Championship where the two riders, Brett McCormick and Lorenzo Lanzi will be ready to get on track with the determination that characterizes the Liberty Racing Team.

Brett McCormick # 68
"Raceone was fantastic, to be in the top five was really exciting, I have nowords to describe the happiness of the moment. The bike was working very well and I had a good feeling, I was very fast. Even in race two, the bike was very good and I felt comfortable, the ninth-place is still agood result. This weekend has been a success, and I am happy to share it with my staff and the team".

Lorenzo Lanzi # 57
"In the warmup with the rain we had some good lap-times, and I hope to do well in race one, but in the second restart the track conditions changed, and I didn't find a good feeling with the bike. In race two the things went better, the pace was not fast but I was constant. Now we will go to France, where the track is relatively simple, having the advantage of a good base of four heats rode. We continue to improve, and I am very comfortable with the team and thank all for the support and the opportunity given to me. "