Yamaha Sterilgarda is targeting a clean sweep of World Superbike titles in 2010 after formally launching its latest campaign with James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow riding the R1.
The Japanese manufacturer won its first WSBK riders' title with Ben Spies last season as part of a clean sweep of international crowns that also included success in MotoGP and World Supersports.
However, despite edging Ducati Xerox's Noriyuki Haga to the riders' title during an exciting showdown at the Portimao season finale, Yamaha finished a distant second to the Italian manufacturer in the constructors' standings.
It is their plan to go one better in 2010 and while they will have to do it with the all-new rider line-up of James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Motor Europe racing manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp believes he has a formidable pairing.
“After an incredibly successful season last year it's back to business,” he said. “We have two new riders and we've taken the bike to the next level over the winter, we want to keep the world title at Yamaha. The grid is looking really tough this year but we have two of the toughest guys at the front.”
Having received prominent backing from Sterilgarda during the second-half of the 2009 season, the Italian dairy brand – who have been present in World Superbikes since 2004 – steps up its involvement this season to receive title backing.
“We were delighted to be able to join up with Yamaha in Monza in 2009, it was amazing to be able to share the year of successful racing together,” said CEO Nando Sarzi. “We are very excited about 2010 and are looking forward to more success and our relationship continuing to develop.”
“Sterilgarda joined up with Yamaha as a key Sponsor midway through the 2009 race season at the Monza round in Italy. The relationship has continued to grow successfully with Sterilgarda sharing in the championship success of 2009. For 2010 Yamaha and Sterilgarda have remained committed to strengthening their partnership further and continuing to work closely together, sharing a common passion for racing and the desire to be the best.”