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Mar 3, 2013

No Ride: Former Canadian Superbike Champion Brett McCormick Not Racing In 2013

Brett McCormick (68) in action on his Effenbert Liberty Ducati Superbike during the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship.
Brett McCormick, the 2011 Canadian Superbike Champion, has no plans to go road racing in 2013, according to a post the 21-year-old Canadian made on his personal Facebook page.

McCormick raced for the troubled Effenbert Liberty Ducati team in the 2012 Superbike World Championship and took a best race finish of sixth in Race One at Portimao, in Portugal, but that result came after he missed a large portion of the season after breaking his neck in a crash during a race at Assen.

On March 2, McCormick wrote on his personal Facebook page:

"Alright everyone, finally have some time to update!

"I really appreciate everyone's support and patience with me this silly season. I wish I could tell all of you that I landed the sweetest ride of my career and I'm going to light it up next season, but that's not the case :(

"I had some talks with a few teams over the past months, but none of them progressed into a deal. The racing industry is in a tough place right now as everyone knows, and it seems to be getting worse every year. I spoke with teams in WSBK, BSB, AMA and even considered coming back to Canada for a little bit. Like I said, nothing came through for me so I won't be racing in any series this summer.

"I would love to continue racing for a living, but I can't justify doing it with the industry like this right now. It's turned into more riders paying for their rides or riding for free than riders making a reasonable living at it. Having my accident this year really opened my eyes. I race motorcyles because I love it. It doesn't matter whether I'm racing a local motocross race, or lining up for a WSBK grid, I get the same enjoyment out of it. I'm not prepared to sacrifice all other aspects of my life just to say I'm a professional superbike racer.

"That being said, I plan to race a lot of motocross this summer and keep my skills sharp! I wouldn't hesitate to race superbikes again if it's the right situation for me, but at the moment it doesn't look like that will happen. I'm going back to school while I have this downtime from racing, and going to get that aspect of my life rolling.

"I will still be doing some writing for Cycle Canada and hopefully doing some other things within the industry, so don't worry I'm not leaving completely this summer :)

"My facebook page will still be updated with everything going on with my racing whether it be testing some bikes for Cycle Canada, racing motocross, or maybe other opportunities that arise.

"Cheers everyone!