World Supersport Championship leaders Yakhnich Motorsport has suggested again that it is considering moving up to the World Superbike class in 2014, following the lead set by rivals Mahi Racing and PTR.
Currently heading the WSS standings in only its second season at international level courtesy of British youngster Sam Lowes, the Russian team originally signalled future plans to progress to Superbikes when revealing the Briton as its lead rider late last year.
Raising speculation that it could spearhead a return to WSBK competition for Yamaha – who quite the series at the end of the 2011 season – in some capacity, Yakhnich has reiterated its Superbike intentions ahead of its home round at the Moscow Raceway.
“Russia will be in the eni FIM World Superbike calendar until 2021,” it press release stated. “Russian motorsport is dramatically developing and increasing, reinforcing its position on a global level.
“Next year Russian Yakhnich Motorsport Team may have a chance to participate in the higher class of World Superbike.”
Yakhnich Motorsport's declaration comes after a framework for cost-cutting regulations was outlined last month, a move that has since prompted both Mahi Racing and PTR to signal its own intentions to step up to the Superbike class.
Lowes, who leads the WSS standings with four race wins in seven races this year, joined Yakhnich as part of a three-year deal that reportedly included an option to move into Superbikes.
Lowes recently revealed to Crash.net
that he is looking to switch to WSBK or Moto2 in 2014