WSBK » ParkinGO to take up Yamaha WSBK role?

The privateer Italian team could represent Yamaha in much the same way Althea Racing competes as Ducati's 'de-facto' factory entry.

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Father Jack - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 10:35 AM

Sounds like Eugene is out in the cold after a fantastic first season


Or perhaps he isnt available for next year anyhow, maybe a MOTOGP team have taken notice.......

Hes heading there at some point.......

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 10:49 AM

I would think Marco Melandri would be more likely to be left out in the cold as his wages will probably be too expensive for a privateer outfit - unless the organisers fund the cost of the rider.

Maybe GSE will want to run Yamahas - if they can get the sponsorship - they would favour running Camier.

Perhaps Kawasaki will chase Marco Melandri instead of De Puniet to replace Vermeulen.

OR BMW will take Melandri to replace Corser?

Unfortunately too many good riders not enough good bikes!


August 04, 2011 10:50 AM

I can only hope that this trend of manufacturers scaling down eventually leads to a correction in the overall structure of WSBK, or any championship, creating a series that is just cheaper by default for everyone, whether or not the rules force it.


August 04, 2011 11:22 AM

@ Sick Cylinder

I'm not sure whether the team can afford him or not, but I'm sure they would want Melandri in favour of Eugene. ParkinGO is an Italian company, promoted most strongly in Italy, and I'm sure they'd love to run a high-profile Italian rider like Marco. Not to mention the fact that he's (currently) looking a more likely championship contender.

As you say, it'll depend on budget though.


August 04, 2011 11:31 AM

Agree with all of the above.

I would like to see Camier back on a Yamaha. His talents are not being showcased in his current employment - he looks like he's on a mini-moto at the moment!

Eugene is showing real potential (and class) and I think should be looking to get back into GPs - either Moto2, or preferably MotoGP on a 1000.

With regards 'factories' pulling out of main chamionships this, I'm starting to think, is not a bad thing. Look at BSB - there have been no true factory teams since Honda and Ducati pulled the plug, but the level of competition has increased.

Ben1 - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 11:33 AM

Hope they will be in WSB next year, with real support from Yamaha. After 1 year without the Yamaha in supersport, they took the bike to the top again, Yamaha should thank it this way.


August 04, 2011 12:08 PM

My crystal ball (which does not work very well) says...

Davies and Melandri on ParkinGO R1's WSBK 2012 (with Yamaha tech support).

Stiggy to make a come back with the ex Yamaha factory, ex ParkinGO R6's with Anthony West and Luca Scassa (with Yamaha tech support). West was great on the R6.

Laverty to Tech3 Moto2 for 2012 then promotion to Tech3 MotoGP 2013 when Edwards finally retires :)

iRONIC - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 12:43 PM

What the hell !! everyone else is having a go so !!!!
Fogerty to Tech 3 alongside Whitham.. Laverty to Mini Moto with Camier (i'd pay to see that) Edwards to BSB with Splitlath Aprilia as number 2 to Karl Harris !! Edwards wouldn't take the p@ss out of Harris like he does everyone else !! Agostini to make a comeback with BMW in place of Corser.
Seriously though, if you take the WSB grid and put them all on a Superstock bike straight out of the showroom, we would then have a great series that would not lose any credibility and would show us all how good the riders are on a level playing field. or is that too easy ??

bigus dicus - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 12:54 PM

well it has been mooted that edwards is on his way back to castrol honda wsbk,maybe laverty to tech 3,camier looks out at aprilia, whos going to be on the shiny new red ducatis,and haslam is wanted by several teams,rea supposed to go to gp ,but looks unlikely now,interesting times,plus other rumours,looks like there are plenty of top riders to fill the top wsbk teams,under performers need not apply?


August 04, 2011 12:56 PM


You've hit the nail on the head - what has been lost over the past few years is the ability and skill of the riders. It seems to be forgotten that this is a spectator sport - we hear more about technical development. No one wants to see one bike screaming off into the distance and winning all the races. The Stock classes in BSB and WSB over the last couple of years have given some fantastic close racing.

By the way - Foggy and Whit to Tech 3 - not a bad idea!!!

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