Yamaha suggests it has a WSBK future

With many announcements due to come over the next few weeks, one of interest will be whether the Yamaha name will stay in some form next season.
Just two rounds remain before Yamaha bids farewell to the World Superbike Championship in a factory capacity, though rumours swirling the paddock suggest it will be back in some form next season.

Indeed, ParkinGO boss Giuliano Rovelli has already suggested that Yamaha Europe is in talks with an 'Anglo-South African' operation to run its team in 2012, though nothing official has been revealed as yet.

Even so, Yamaha did raise some eyebrows recently by partaking in the recent Misano test, where it got the opportunity to sample the Pirelli tyres that are being developed for the 2012 season.

Furthermore, a small, but potentially telling comment in Yamaha's post-Imola press release could suggest there is a future for the manufacturer, with Andrea Dosoli saying:

“We are aware that our R1 struggles on this track [Imola] but we also know what needs to be improved for the future.”

Whether that 'future' is referring to the next two rounds, or next season, remains to be seen, but with only a fraction of the grid decided for 2012, much is expected to be revealed over the coming weeks…

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fan - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 11:51 AM

The problem is you can call this production bike racing, but they are far from a production bike. In an economic downturn, measures need to be taken to make racing more affordable. I believe that WSBK, being the pinnacle of 'production' racing, should have the biggest and baddest bikes around but they need to find a happy medium to make it more attractive for private teams. Moto GP on the other hand is a different animal. You could put 50 bikes on the grid, the same four are still going to be winning by the same margins they are now.

not telling - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 1:09 PM

the bikes are running the same forks/rear shocks as prototype GP bikes, with one off fabricated swingarms, with engines that are rebuilt after every meeting,as much carbon you can shake a stick at and more electronics than a smartphone. Its hardly production bike racing. Bridepoint have expressed no interest combining the championships together, they are in the business of buying companies and selling them to make a profit, they would lose money if they combined both these series together.

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