WSB – Yamaha World Superbike Team – Yamaha Racing

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Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB

The Yamaha World Superbike Team is the main weapon in Yamaha’s fight for the World Superbike Championship. Owned by Yamaha Motor Europe, the team is based at Gerno di Lesmo, Italy, only a stone’s throw from the Monza circuit and next door to the Yamaha MotoGP team.

The team was founded in 1992 by Belgarda SpA and was privately operated until 1995, when it evolved into a Yamaha Factory team. The team competed in the WSB championship from 1995 to 2000, initially with the YZF750SP and latterly with the cult YZF-R7 machine. Following a few years out of the WSB paddock, Yamaha re-entered the championship in 2005 under the guise of the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team and with the YZF-R1 as the tool of choice.

In 2007 Yamaha won the prestigious manufacturers title for the first time after an impressive season of racing with riders Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser battling it out for points and podiums. The riders ended the championship 2nd and 5th respectively. The team went on to bring in equally impressive results in 2008, with Corser finishing the championship in 2nd position and Haga right behind in 3rd place.

For 2009 the team came under the full ownership of Yamaha Motor Europe and was so re-named the Yamaha World Superbike Team.

2009 saw the Yamaha World Superbike team welcome one of the world’s hottest young talents in three-time AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies alongside rising British Superbike star Tom Sykes. Both riders got to grips with the then all-new 2009 R1 quickly and it was at the hands of Spies that Yamaha finally realized their first rider World Superbike Championship title with an incredible season. By the end of the 2009 Spies had established himself as the all-time greatest rookie the series had ever seen, amassing an incredible 14 race wins, 17 podiums and 11 pole position starts on his way to victory.

Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB

2010 saw the arrival of two British riders very familiar to Yamaha racing fans, James Toseland moved across from the Tech3 MotoGP Team and 2009 reigning World Supersport champion Cal Crutchlow moved up from the Yamaha World Supersport Team. Despite a challenging start to the season both riders worked hard with the team as they continued to develop the R1 racebike, Crutchlow going on to deliver three race wins and six Superpoles on his way to fifth in the final standings.

The team set up changes for 2011 under the guidance of new team manager Andrea Dosoli. Fresh from the Moto2 paddock Dosoli brings with him a wealth of racing experience and technical know-how. The team also sees two new riders onboard; Eugene Laverty steps up from the World Supersport Championship having narrowly missed out on the title by a single race last year.

Joining him will be Italian rider Marco Melandri, an experienced MotoGP rider stepping across for his first ever Superbike experience. British crew chief Francesco Carchedi will work with Laverty over the season whilst Melandri’s crew chief will be the team’s long standing Technical Director Silvano Galbusera.

A dedicated team of technicians, data analysts and electronics experts are continuing to develop the 2011 YZF-R1. Developed directly from the championship dominating Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike and launched onto the tracks for the first time last year, it will continue to be honed and improved over the 2011 race season.

Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB
Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB
Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB
Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB
Yamaha YZF-R1 WSB

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