France WSBK: Yakhnich confirms WSBK move without Lowes

New World Supersport champions Yakhnich Motorsport will step up to the World Superbikes in 2014... but will do so without its star rider Sam Lowes.
Yakhnich Motorsport has confirmed it will compete in the World Superbike Championship next season, but will do so without its star rider Sam Lowes.

Making the announcement in the wake of Lowes's sealing of the 2013 World Supersport Championship at Magny-Cours, the Russian team has revealed it will expand to have a presence at both World Superbike and World Supersport level next season.

However, its plans to join World Superbikes will not include Lowes, Yakhnich revealing the 23-year-old has instead signed a two-year deal to compete in the Moto2 World Championship .

Despite this, Yakhnich will forge ahead with its Superbike plans, though it hasn't confirmed its choice of bike.

Rumours have placed Yakhnich as a front runner to lead MV Agusta's proposed factory-funded return to World Superbikes, though privateer deals with Ducati and Aprilia have also been mooted.

A fairly new team to international competition, Yakhnich only made its WSS debut in 2012 with a single Yamaha for Vladimir Leonov before expanding to include Lowes this season on a multi-year contract that was expected to include a Yamaha Superbike ride in 2014.

With Lowes going on to seal the title with five wins and five second place finishes, the British rider had been targeted by a number of teams at both WSBK and Moto2 level for 2014, despite his contract. However, with the original terms of riding Yamaha machinery falling through, Lowes would duly be released from his deal to consider other options for next season.

It has not been revealed which team Lowes has signed for.

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October 07, 2013 10:57 PM

PCXMAC, your really make me laugh, 'passing up the better series'. Moto 2 has the one thing that you endlessly bleat on about that neither WSB or WSS has!!!! NO RIDER AIDS, something that Sam will have to learn to live without, Sofoglu couldn't. Imagine that your dream series


October 08, 2013 3:06 AM

man, no R1s in WSBK, what a shame, probably the best bike and its not being raced, for shame. Yamaha should be ashamed of itself for pretending to have a good bike in MotoGP and not fielding a dynamite bike in WSBK or a factory team in WSS.

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