Rob Mac Racing pulls out of BSB

Rob Mac Racing/Motorpoint Yamaha reveals it is taking a sabbatical from the British Superbike Championship, but plans a return in 2013.
Rob McElnea has announced his eponymous British Superbike Championship team will skip the 2012 season in a bid to come back stronger in the future.

Rob Mac Racing, which has competed under the guise of Motorpoint Yamaha for the last three seasons, had secured renewed backing from the car supermarket company for 2012, but McElnea says he wants to take time out to focus on future proposals in an effort to give his sponsors a better return.

McElnea's decision comes after a troublesome 2011 season, which started brightly with young Frenchman Loris Baz showing front-running pace, only for the youngster to withdraw mid-season due to funding issues.

With McElnea choosing to drop James Westmoreland shortly afterwards, Motorpoint Yamaha ended the season with the revised line-up of Alex Lowes and Tommy Bridewell, but both struggled to make a significant impression.

"It has been a tough decision but the right one after a difficult season, where it was frustrating to be unable to secure a good return for our backers in terms of results,” he said. “We all go to racing to be part of a show and I want to ensure our team performs not only for the fans, but also for our sponsors too.

“I felt the options available to us would mean another tough season with difficult challenges so, I feel it is the best decision to re-evaluate our position during our 2012 sabbatical and hopefully come up with a storming proposal for the future. Motorpoint have been great supporters and are understanding of my decision. I want to thank all my team and partners for their commitment over the last 20 years!"

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Tommy Bridewell - Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
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Tommy Bridewell - Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell - Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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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.

AJS - Unregistered

December 10, 2011 12:45 PM

Hmmm 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. Strange

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