WSS » Sam Lowes signs three-year Yamaha deal

"Our plan is in the future to bring both riders to the top level even in the World Superbike Championship. That's why we signed with both of them a long-term contract" - Alexander Yakhnich.

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November 02, 2012 1:12 PM

Its Ok robbie, people do get a bit confused on here what is factory backing, factory support and a factory team. As well of course who is who and importers were the ones SBK was aimed at in 87.


November 02, 2012 1:53 PM

Question in regards to the Triumph post. Do Triumph have an advantage in the UK because the tracks are a bit tighter? Is that why they are not doing WSS? The tracks are of a higher standard in WSB for the most part and there are a good few "power" circuits whereas in the UK the only one is Silverstone.

Or are Triumph getting preferential treatment in BSB?

I honestly don't know the answer so would be interested to hear others views on this :)

pp916 - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 2:00 PM

Interesting move, I'm guessing it has to do with going to a team that will properly reward him financially as much as anything else....
So now PTR have another vacant seat, is that an opening for brother Alex to get into world championship racing, since he's currently not got a ride? Or will it go to the guy who turns up with the biggest bag of cash........

Boss - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 2:27 PM

Yamaha is the best bike on the grid but only the factory 1 so I hope he has that 1, with Lowes and Cluzel gone I guess Parkes is the only top player left. Kawasaki have the dream team so honda need to find a top rider quick.

tucker - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 3:13 PM

If I was Buckmaster I'd be on the phone to either Alex Lowes or Gino Rea right now. I wouldn't sign Parkes because he's a known quantity, maybe 1 win a season but no way will he win the championship. Alex Lowes just makes sense and Gino has struggled this year but he can win in Supersport and he didn't have a great bike when he won in 2011. Apparently Sheridan Morais has been testing a PTR Honda so maybe they'll sign him as well, if they do that'll be 3 South Africans riding for PTR. Quarmby, Scholtz and Morais!

easterbunny - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 3:20 PM

Gino on a PTR is better than Gino on a POS moto2 bike. That might change after Marquez leaves, but if it doesnt, I cant see staying around Moto2 to finish in the top 20.

marikson - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 3:37 PM

The R6 is a good bike and with some improvements it could easily help Lowes (who, by the way, is an excellent rider) win the WSS crown. Davies won on the R6 in 2010 as did Crutchlow, so the bike proved it's worth. Also Jordi Torres won the European Cup on an R6. All in all, the combination Lowes/Yamaha R6 looks promising. But, Sofuoglu will be the man to beat. The fact that the team boss is looking for WSBK it could be a chance that Yamaha returns to the main class in 2014. If so, it will be good for the championship to have 7 manufacturers. The future looks bright for WSBK and WSS. Go Sam!!!

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