WSBK » No deal in place to keep Yamaha on grid

Laurens Klein Koerkamp confirms discussions to keep the factory Yamaha R1 on the grid in 2012 have fallen through.

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October 17, 2011 11:57 AM

Such a shame as its obviously a very good package,YamahaMotorEurope must be very difficult to deal with, as with the right team backing,it would be in with a good shout next year, as not many new models coming to the championship.
Pual Bird??

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 1:56 PM

ParkinGo wanted the bikes and I am sure would have done Yamaha proud, but for some reason they couldn't agree terms.

Paul Bird reportedly has his eyes on a CRT MotoGP project.

Ben1 - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 4:56 PM

Sad that nobody will continue the operation, but it's understandable. If once they pulled out, why they want to support a "semi-privateer" team? Hope there will be private Yamahas next year.

wsbk_is_the_real - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 5:55 PM

shame shame. if they dont race in wsbk yamaha is gone. I wil not buy any yamaha bike in future. especially R1 is gone. atleast semi-privateer should have been possible. WSBK is the biggest race and these guys r not running when Hondas put marvellous effort and KTM, BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki all set to go. Shame on Yamaha.

HRC - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 8:45 PM

This is a piss poor effort by Yamaha im sure they could atleast lend some support to a semi- factory outfit. instead theyre going all guns blazing on their motogp effort. Pah!! wait till you see casey on a 1000cc.

Hope the good tech guys at yamaha find a good home, time for Ten Kate to start recruiting some personnel me thinks :)

Eugenius - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 2:28 AM

It seems that YME wants to retain its WSBK team personnel whereas the proposals on desk require the factory backup only. It's good for human resources management but not for business in nowadays recession. CMIIW.

mike hunt - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 9:52 AM

ParknGo obviously have the finances to get Ducatis (which arent cheap to run)so what the problem?
The team gave Yamaha another world championship - It seems that that means nothing to Yamaha Europe or Yamaha Japan.

A Shame. Yamaha reputation as a company have gone down in my opinion..

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