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Meregalli hoping for additional Yamaha entries

Massimo Meregalli would like to see more Yamaha R1s on the World Superbike grid in 2010, the Yamaha WSB boss saying their involvement would certainly bolster its factory effort.

Despite currently lying second in the World Superbike standings, Yamaha are represented by just one full-time independent outfit in the form of GMT 94, who enter a single bike for David Checa.

By contrast, Ducat have a total of six bikes on the grid and Ten Kate Honda are backed up by four further entries, while even Kawasaki began the year with six ZX-10Rs in the field.

Indeed, with the likes of Stiggy Honda, Sterilgarda Ducai and Guandalini Ducati proving to be competitive front runners so far this season, Yamaha, by contrast, is barely represented beyond Ben Spies and Tom Sykes.

As such, Meregalli has offered support to any prospective satellite team in 2010, in much the same way they are currently helping GSE Racing runaway with the British Superbike Championship.

“We are already supplying bikes to Yamaha UK and we are working together with GSE Racing,” he told Crash.net. “We have a really good relationship with GSE, so maybe we can have the same with another team, so there is a satellite team in World Superbikes.

“Personally I would be happy to see a lot of Yamahas on the grid and, for sure, we'd give them all the support they need.”



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Super Ted - Unregistered

July 30, 2009 3:20 PM

There's a very strong rumour that won't go away that stiggy will be yamaha's b team next year. Instead of being third in line in terms of honda support which they don't want to be. I think it could be really good for that team

RawDawg

August 01, 2009 4:09 AM

Why is everyone disagreeing with El Bigonio? He's 100% right. The NASCAR men of DMG have flushed the series down the drain. This week they are at a goat track trying to run a race. Mladin went home on Thursday and announced his retirement from AMA at the end of the season today (leaves the door open for WSBK maybe?)and Hacking is rumored to be not racing either. Superbikeplanet.com doubts if there was over 150 paying customers there on Friday. The factories had ZERO participation a Mid-Ohio last round which has always been one of the best supported races. The factories in in AMA had tons of cash. I would love to see Yosh Suzuki, American Honda, and Yamaha US field teams in WSBK.



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