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German WSBK: Matej Smrz set for Yamaha wild-card

Jakub Smrz's younger brother Matej is looking to make his World Superbike debut as a wild-card at the Nurburgring riding a Yamaha R1.
A Yamaha YZF-R1 is set to be present on a World Superbike Championship grid for the first time since 2011 after it was revealed Matej Smrz is seeking a wild-card outing at the Nurburgring.

The Czech rider, younger brother of former WSBK stalwart Jakub Smrz, is a regular front runner in the German-based IDM Superbike series, where he rides a Dunlop-shod Yamaha R1 for MGM Racing.

Currently fourth in the IDM Superbike standings behind an all-BMW top three, Smrz is now preparing to make his WSBK debut ahead of his effective home event at the Nurburgring in September – a circuit that isn't included on this year's IDM calendar.

Yamaha hasn't been represented on the WSBK grid since the manufacturer withdrew its works-backed team at the end of the 2011 season. However, there are rumours that Yamaha machinery will make a full-time return to WSBK competition next year with current Supersport front-runners Yakhnich Motorsport set to take charge of an all-new effort.


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Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Einar

July 29, 2013 3:07 PM

Always nice to get more rider on the grid, this year has been little bit shallow when it comes to grid numbers. But at the other hand, I think that like 25-6 riders is the max . When I saw the mass of rider that take of in the rain in Moscow in the Supersport race. I think there is a limit to how many bikes you can have on the grid and still have the start and the first lab fairly save. On the other hand, this news is about Jakub Smrz younger brother, it got me to think about Jakub. He has been in the BSB this year and has been almost invisible. I thought Jakub would be better than what he as showed so far. This year he is running the Pagetts Honda that I would think is a decent kit. But he as been nowhere. I know he is not used to the BSB track, but so have other rider too, for exp PJ Jacobssen. Jakub has shown speed in the past, but this year has been awful. Maybe he only goes fast on a Ducati?



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