Airwaves Yamaha are planning to participate in a World Superbike Championship event this season as wild-card entrants, possibly at next month's British round at Donington Park.
The reigning British Superbike champions are currently leading the way in their first season with the much heralded Yamaha R1, prompting speculation that they will join the factory Yamaha WSB team in competing at an event on the world stage.
Having chosen not to follow Rizla Suzuki and HM Plant Honda in taking up a wild-card last season, team manager Colin Wright is nonetheless eyeing a WSBK appearance this year instead.
Although he doesn't go as far as saying the team will be at Donington Park for Britain's sole WSBK event next month, he admits the data acquired during the BSB round there would make it an obvious choice.
“We intend to be wild-cards at a World Superbike event this year,” he told Crash.net
. “Hopefully it will be here because the data and information achieved will be very valuable to not only us, but also Yamaha Italy. Everything we have learnt this weekend we will pass onto them, so if we come here I'm sure we can put on a good show.”
It is an opportunity current BSB leader Leon Camier would lap up too, the youngster relishing the chance to go up against his former rivals once again.
“It would be ideal and I'd love the opportunity,” he added. “Now we have the new engine we should be strong in the World Championship race, so fingers crossed. If that happens, it'd be awesome!”
In the BSB standings, Camier is currently 28 points ahead of team-mate James Ellison, who competed as a wild-card at Donington Park last season for Hydrex Honda, finishing just off the podium in fourth.