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Guintoli splits from Liberty Racing

Strange goings on at the beer-funded privateer Ducati team.

FRENCHMAN Sylvain Guintoli has been given the boot from his Liberty Racing team.

A bizarre statement issued by the team claims Guintoli achieved poor results, yet he is the team's most successful rider, scoring their first WSB win at Assen this season.

The team statement reads as follows:

- First of all, the poor results achieved by the rider, for sure inappropriate in relation to the massive investments, technical equipment and human efforts offered to him, and the relative lack of media return to the main sponsor, created a subsequent reduction of investments by the same sponsor as already shown in the past;

- For Liberty CZ Group is very important to rationalize the costs in order to defend the continuity of the team’s life, considering also the temporary period of global crisis, which has raised the alert level of the company in the recent past;

-The technical staff decided to take a tough stance in this moment of nervous strain created by misunderstandings with the administrative direction of the group;

- Detection of superficiality and lightness in the management of the internal team problems, with unnecessary use of media gossip, this is a not professional behavior, that damaged the trust relationship built into several months of collaboration;

- The team will still give space and continuity to the young riders, a company policy much more in line with the development of the Effenbert brand.

Even if Guintoli could sort things out with the management, he'd struggle to get on the bike this weekend; several of his crew and mechanics have quit over the fiasco.

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