BSB » Rob Mac Racing to skip 2012 BSB season

Rob Mac Racing/Motorpoint Yamaha reveals it is taking a sabbatical from the British Superbike Championship, but plans a return in 2013.

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AJS - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 12:45 PM

Not sure I understand this decision, if the team is adequately financed, why stop for a year? Presumably he will have to release all the staff or pay them to do nowt, then re build the team towards the end of 2012.

mart - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 1:05 PM

So they miss 2012, and all development with new rules, lay staff off 4 xmas, 2 cum back stronger in 2013, sorry i dont know all facts but if he has budget this just comes across ad daft.

Martin - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 1:42 PM

Rob Mac hasn't put a decent team together for a long time now, they were totally showed up when Swan and previously Airwaves switched to Yamahas and blitzed them immediately, and the guy's rider management and team-building techniques leave a lot to be desired. I wouldn't be surprised if we never hear from the squad again, which is a real shame as he's signed (and misused) some of the best young riders around in recent years.

The Burton Bullet - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 1:56 PM

A shame to see Rob mac not running in 2012 as like him or loathe him he has always been a major part of the bsb scene.
Now Rob is out could any of you knowledgable chaps out there name me the riders who will fill the superbike grid..Not the teams,that is easy to say yes we will be there with a 2 rider team,the riders please.
There are 9 teams listed with 14 riders.another seven possible teams are easy to list but where do the other 18 riders come from.
There are no 'freebie' rides up for grabs so try and work out where 18 riders with budget are suddenly going to appear from?
16 x 2 RIDER Teams is looking a bit of a non starter Mr Higgs.. plan B required or is it to simple to just leave BSB superbike entries as they were in 2011 which then gives the Jentin racing and the Aaron Zanotti's of this world a chance to be in the paddock in 2012.

Oli - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 3:41 PM

A shame for me personally to see Rob Mac go, as I grew up with Whit, Mackenzie, Stalker and Hizzy on that Cadbury Boost YZF750 and his team have been a presence in the paddock for a long long time.

But it also needs to be said, as others have pointed out, that they haven't had a decent season for a long time. They never really managed anything as Virgin Yamaha, they struggled with Emmett when he lost his Ducati, with Hizzy as reigning champ. Tommy Hill managed a win but that was about it.

I think people weren't sure whether it was the bike or the team, but then GSE and now SMR have taken the R1 and won titles on it whilst Rob Mac has been nowhere.

So perhaps it is an inevitable move for a team who have been on the decline for so long.


The Burton Bullet - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 4:41 PM

the yamaha not working as a EVO Bike may have contributed to Rob Mac's decision to sit it out in 2012 but dont be fooled by the Airwaves and Swan yamaha performances over Rob Mac's Yamaha.
Rob mac has never had the same factory bikes that Airwaves and Swan used to win their championships.The Rob mac bikes were built in house in Scunthorpe and ran on Motec electronics not the all singing Marelli electrics that the other Yamaha teams used.
Let us wait and see how fast the Swan Yamaha is next year on Motec electrics and then judge Rob macs performance on them figures.

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