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yamaha returns to world superbikes in 2016

Yamaha Motor Europe will make its official return to the World Superbike Championship in 2016 in collaboration with Crescent Racing and title sponsors PATA.

Returning to the World Superbike stage for the first time since 2011, Yamaha Motor Europe’s strategy is to make full use of the all-new YZF-R1 to challenge for victory in the premier production Superbike series. Yamaha feels its “impressive history in the championship, combined with the stunning base specification of the YZF-R1, offers an unrivalled opportunity to campaign for victory honours”.

Crescent will partner Yamaha as their fully-supported Official WSBK Team from 2016. Crescent is the World Superbike Championship’s only UK-based team and has a 20-year racing history at both national and global level that features victories in the British Superbike Championship, World Superbike and MotoGP.

Yamaha took its first first World Superbike Championship title in 2009, breaking multiple records throughout the season with American rider Ben Spies. Iconic riders such as Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser, James Toseland, Marco Melandri and Cal Crutchlow, among others, have all taken their turns delivering victories on the YZF-R1 throughout Yamaha’s Superbike career.

As the 2015 racing season draws to a close the all-new Yamaha YZF-R1has claimed numerous victories, including the inaugural Road America AMA Championship and the legendary Suzuka eight-hour endurance race in the hands of MotoGP stars Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith and five-time All Japan Superbike Champion Katsuyuki Nakasuga. In the UK the R1 is in contention for the British Superbike Championship title, while across Europe the story continues with both the Polish Superbike Championship and the French Superstock Championship secured. Yamaha also currently leads the Spanish FIM CEV Repsol International Championship and last weekend claimed second overall in the FIM Endurance World Championship in the hands of France’s GMT94 Yamaha team.

“This is a very exciting moment for us as we eagerly wait to return to the top level of Superbike competition next year after an absence of four years,” commented Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer, Eric De Seynes.
 

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