This year's World Supersport Championship will witness the welcome return of the 2009 championship-winning Yamaha YZF-R6 after a surprise late deal with the BE1 ParkinGO Team.
BE1 has used Triumph machinery since 2008 and been the British company's factory WSS team since 2009, but riders Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa will now switch to a 'refreshed' version of the factory bikes that gave Cal Crutchlow the 2009 WSS crown.
Crutchlow, moving to MotoGP this year, scored ten pole positions and ten podiums, including five race wins, on his way to Yamaha's first WSS title. Despite that success, the official Yamaha World Supersport Team promptly withdrew from the championship.
But following Monday's provisional 2011 WSS entry list from the FIM, which showed BE1/ParkinGO had changed brands, Yamaha has now confirmed that it will provide the 2009 championship-winning R6 race bikes - along with Yamaha genuine racing parts - to the privately owned ParkinGO Team, which has been named the Yamaha ParkinGO Team.
In terms of factory support, the race bikes will be 'refreshed' and bought up to 2011 level at Yamaha's racing workshop in Germany before being delivered. Yamaha technical staff will also provide behind the scenes support on an ongoing basis throughout the season while the team itself will take responsibility for organization, rider selection and race entry.
The Yamaha ParkinGO Team will continue partnerships with some of its own technical partners, although Yamaha Motor Europe will also support negotiations with its former technical partners and the team for the season ahead.
"This is a great opportunity for officially supported R6 machinery to return to the World Supersport Championship,” said Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp.
“The R6 is a winning machine which, after taking the World Supersport Championship in 2009, has continued in 2010 with many national titles alongside the European Superstock 600 Championship title, despite not competing at world level.
“It is our belief and our vision that in today's circumstances supporting a private team with the materials needed to compete is the appropriate involvement in World Supersport for a manufacturer.