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WSS: Yamaha confirms ‘official’ return with BE1
25 January 2011
This year's World Supersport Championship will witness the welcome return of the 2009 championship-winning Yamaha YZF-R6 after a surprise late deal with the BE1 ParkinGO Team.
BE1 has used Triumph machinery since 2008 and been the British company's factory WSS team since 2009, but riders Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa will now switch to a 'refreshed' version of the factory bikes that gave Cal Crutchlow the 2009 WSS crown.
Crutchlow, moving to MotoGP this year, scored ten pole positions and ten podiums, including five race wins, on his way to Yamaha's first WSS title. Despite that success, the official Yamaha World Supersport Team promptly withdrew from the championship.
But following Monday's provisional 2011 WSS entry list from the FIM, which showed BE1/ParkinGO had changed brands, Yamaha has now confirmed that it will provide the 2009 championship-winning R6 race bikes - along with Yamaha genuine racing parts - to the privately owned ParkinGO Team, which has been named the Yamaha ParkinGO Team.
In terms of factory support, the race bikes will be 'refreshed' and bought up to 2011 level at Yamaha's racing workshop in Germany before being delivered. Yamaha technical staff will also provide behind the scenes support on an ongoing basis throughout the season while the team itself will take responsibility for organization, rider selection and race entry.
The Yamaha ParkinGO Team will continue partnerships with some of its own technical partners, although Yamaha Motor Europe will also support negotiations with its former technical partners and the team for the season ahead.
"This is a great opportunity for officially supported R6 machinery to return to the World Supersport Championship,” said Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp.
“The R6 is a winning machine which, after taking the World Supersport Championship in 2009, has continued in 2010 with many national titles alongside the European Superstock 600 Championship title, despite not competing at world level.
“It is our belief and our vision that in today's circumstances supporting a private team with the materials needed to compete is the appropriate involvement in World Supersport for a manufacturer.
“I have known Giuliano [Rovelli, Yamaha ParkinGO Team owner] for a few years now; in the past we could not find the possibility to do something together. The respect for each other has continued however and when the opportunity became available we were able to come to an agreement within a very short time.
“It is definitely a challenge to start at this late stage with the preparations, but the team and riders are professional and they will have full access to our information database for setup to progress quickly into the season. We consider the test in Portimao this week mainly as a shakedown for both bike and riders.”
“We managed to reach a mutually satisfying agreement with Yamaha Motor Europe in just ten days time,” said Rovelli. “Having the opportunity to work with a manufacturer that has racing in its philosophy makes a big difference. I shared this important decision with the whole team.
“Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa are professional riders and are looking forward to having the chance to win the World Supersport Championship with a very competitive Yamaha R6!”
Davies and 2010 team-mate David Salom finished fourth and fifth in the 2010 WSS standings on the Daytona 675.
The 2011 line-up sees British rider Davies remain with the team, joined by new Italian team-mate Scassa., who impressed in 2010 as one of the top privateer World Superbike riders.
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