According to Sylvain Guintoli, he no longer has a contract to ride for Liberty Racing CZ. Coupled with rumours of Effenbert not having any hospitality at their home round in Brno, this paints an unhappy picture of the team. Guintoli released the following statement on Twitter:
Miller Motorsports Park organized a phone-in press conference with Effenbert Liberty rider Sylvain Guintoli ahead of the US round of World Superbikes, scheduled to take place this weekend. Questions Guintoli fielded questions about injuries, the benefits of staying with the same team for more than one season, and the most important lessons he learned racing a private 250.
Below is the press release interview from Miller Motorsports Park:
Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Sylvain Guintoli
A Frenchman on an Italian bike for a Czech team breaks through in the Netherlands
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 18, 2012) — Miller Motorsports Park will again host the USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship on The BigM Weekend, May 26-28. As was the case last year, we will visit with race winners and other notable riders participating in the championship after each race during the 2012 season leading up to The BigM Weekend and bring you a new chapter in the “Five Questions with” series.
Loris Capirossi's attempt to make an early return from the injuries he sustained during qualifying at Assen have stranded at the first hurdle. The Italian veteran has decided to forgo participation in the German MotoGP round at the Sachsenring, after finding that he was in too much pain at the end of FP1. Capirossi ended the session in last place, just behind LCR Honda's Toni Elias, who crashed twice during the session, but over 1.7 seconds behind the 15th fastest man, Hiroshi Aoyama.
Capirossi's place aboard the Pramac Ducati will be taken by Sylvain Guintoli. The Frenchman tested the Ducati GP11 at Mugello during the post-race test, and despite posting a time over 5 seconds off the pace of the test's fastest rider, Casey Stoner, is here at the Sachsenring ready to step in when needed. That moment has now come, and Guintoli will ride the Pramac Ducati from Friday afternoon's FP2 session onwards.
On Monday morning, Jules Cisek had a final chance to take some photos during the Brno test. He had to be quick, though, as he was soon chased out of pit lane by overly officious security guards.
Testing concluded at Valencia for the World Superbike riders today, and it was Max Biaggi who finished the test on top of the timesheets. Biaggi broke Noriyuki Haga's existing lap record by some eight tenths of a second on his final lap of the test, before climbing off the bike and heading off to the airport to fly back home. Biaggi finished ahead of yesterday's fastest man Leon Haslam, the young Briton confirming his excellent pace on the Alstare Suzuki. Third fastest was Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, just a tenth off Haslam's time. The reigning World Supersport champion has taken no time at all to adapt to the World Superbike machines, and continues to be very quick.
Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam was the fastest of the World Superbike paddock on the first day of testing at Valencia. The young Briton was quickly up to speed on the new Suzuki GSX-R1000, taking two tenths of a second off Noriyuki Haga's race lap record at Valencia. That was exactly the same margin by which Haslam was faster than Max Biaggi, the Aprilia rider continuing his development of the RSV4, the bike continuing to show potential.