2011 Canadian Pro Superbike National Champ Brett McCormick is on site for the 14th and final round of the eni Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France, even though his team is not.
The 21 year old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan found out on Monday, October 1 that his squad, Team Effenbert Liberty Racing, would not be taking their Ducati Superbikes to France for the final round. The team has struggled through various changes and problems in 2012, and McCormick was the only one out of their four original riders to almost complete the season.
“I went back to Prague in southern Czech Republic after Portimao,” explained McCormick of his Euro base. “I did my same race prep as before Portimao, riding the M/X bike and so on. I also got to play hockey with some borrowed stuff, it was pretty hilarious – they found some skates in my size, but they were from the early ‘80’s, pretty sketchy, but I got out there.”
Two weeks ago in round 13 of the SBK series in Portugal, McCormick had a break through result in only his fourth career series start. The opening race was run in changing conditions over two parts, and McCormick ran up front in both sections, battling the established series stars. He wound up a strong fifth in the race one, just behind series leader Max Biaggi’s Aprilia and literally inches ahead of Honda’s ace Jonathan Rea.
The second race was run in more typical, dry conditions, and McCormick fought his way to ninth overall, another strong effort. In the previous event, round 12 in Germany, McCormick earned his first career World Championship point with a 15th place result in the Nurburgring opener.
“I guess I’d say I’m a disappointed, a little bit angry, now that I‘ve had time to think about everything,” admitted McCormick. “Obviously, I really appreciate the team and the chance they gave me. But now I’m here, and I guess we have to start trying to figure out what we can do for next season.”
“I’d like to be back in this paddock,” continued McCormick, referring to the World SBK tour. “I’d like to stay with Ducati – I tested the new Panigale at the start of the season in Philip Island in Australia, and I really liked it. I would like to be involved in the development of their new bike. “
“We will know more over this weekend,” confirmed McCormick, who would much prefer to race rather than watch, given that the French venue is a track he knows from SuperStock race action last season. “We’ll get a sense of the opportunities out there, both with manufacturers and teams. We’re seeking opportunities, see what we can put together to be competitive in 2013 – I think I proved I belong and I have a shot.”
“I know I can turn heads with the right bike and team. I would like to be with a team where I can do some testing, get a little more seat time on a regular basis. I want to build on what I’ve managed to do so far, I’m healthy and I think we’re on the right track.”
McCormick also wanted to thank personal sponsors Alpinestars, Shoei, Parts Canada, Purolator, Blackfoot and Jet Label for their continued support of his racing program.