Two years after Yamaha withdrew its official participation in the British Superbike Championship, the manufacturer is celebrating its return to glory thanks to Shaun Muir Racing and Tommy Hill.
Yamaha finally won the BSB title in 2009 after collaborating with multiple champions GSE Racing, but the relationship came to an end straight away as the manufacturer scaled back its racing involvement.
Nonetheless, an investment by Yamaha UK would see the manufacturer return with some factory representation in 2011, with SMR being given the nod to switch from Honda machinery.
Signing Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty, and backed by Swan, Yamaha was the most successful machine in 2011, winning ten races, the riders' title and the manufacturers' title.
A big success for SMR in its first season with Yamaha, Shaun Muir was thrilled to watch Hill come away with the riders' title after such a dramatic season.
“We delivered everything we set out to achieve at the start of the season although we have made life difficult along the way! It didn't start the best for Tommy this weekend but he couldn't have done more in that race.
“Big thanks also have to go to Michael for his support in the final race as he did a great job of acting as Tommy's wingman. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, partners and supporters who have made this possible.”