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Yamaha to close down title-winning WSS effort?

Yamaha Motor Italia may be set to abandon its official World Supersport team - with whom WSBK graduate Cal Crutchlow clinched the 2009 title - due to money worries, it is being reported
Speculation is apparently rife in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) paddock that Yamaha is to scale down its efforts in 2010, leading to the possible abandonment of its title-winning World Supersport (WSS) operation – and the loss of a third of its workforce.

Yamaha triumphed in all four major motorcycling series' in 2009 – MotoGP with Valentino Rossi, WSBK with Ben Spies, WSS with Cal Crutchlow and British Superbikes (BSB) with Leon Camier – but Visordown reports that Yamaha Motor Italia is going through a restructuring process that will likely result in the loss of 66 of its 200 staff members, due to a downturn in business.

That has led to rumours that on the WSBK bill at least, the only representation will come in the form of former double champion and Tech 3 MotoGP refugee James Toseland and Crutchlow at the factory outfit, with no official WSS team, with whom the latter stormed to the 2009 riders' crown.



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Bliz - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 4:21 PM

It's a shame that Yamaha is having all this success in the midst of a recession. Any other time and bike shops wouldn't be able to keep an R1 or R6 in stock. Still, I spoke to a dealer recently who told me that R1's are currently the only bike really selling... albiet in small numbers. It's a bad time for everyone.

Now that was really dumb. Where is yamaha's benefit to drop SS where they are showcasing their bread and butter 600cc bike and beating the rest hands down to instead run Moto2 with someone else's engine? That was really friggin' dumb. I can see them cutting costs because of the economy but switching efforts to design a whole new bike and run honda engines doesn't make any sense when they're having the time of their life in WSBK.



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