Pata Yamaha team principal Paul Denning says the squad’s first double rostrum in World Superbike demonstrates the gains ‘on all fronts’ it has made since starting the project at the start of 2016.

Denning’s Crescent Racing team took up the role as the factory Yamaha squad at the beginning of the 2016 World Superbike championship on the Japanese manufacturer’s return to the series.

After a difficult maiden campaign getting the YZF-R1 up to speed Pata Yamaha has enjoyed consistent results in 2017 while aiming to close the performance deficit to the factory Ducati and Kawasaki squads.

Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark secured the team’s maiden double rostrum in the series in race two at Magny-Cours despite difficult conditions as rain circled the French circuit. Denning feels the result demonstrates Pata Yamaha’s improvements over the course of the year and has heaped praise on his two riders and the team.

"The race was another typically complicated Magny-Cours one, but the ultimate result for both Alex, Michael, and the R1 was on pure merit and another indication of the step-by-step progress that the project is making on all fronts," Denning said.

"Alex has struggled with his starts over the last couple of races, so to secure the lead from the front row was great to see, and this was backed up by an incredible start by Michael from the second row.

"There were stages of the race where it was difficult for all the riders to know how hard to push but as Alex found his rhythm and needed to respond to Michael's pressure in the latter stages, the true pace was evident and doing consecutive laps in the 1:38s actually moved us a lot closer to Chaz Davies in the lead.

"Second place for Alex, backing up yesterday's very solid ride in the rain, is just rewards for his efforts following a difficult Portimao event and will give him the confidence to aim for more podiums before the end of the season.

"We are also extremely happy with Michaels performance, fighting hard to get into the podium group and closing on Alex to challenge for second place. As Alex pushed even harder, Michael had a couple of moments in the tricky conditions and it is a sign of his mature riding mentality that he decided to bring his R1 home to achieve Pata Yamaha's first double podium. Congratulations to the riders, the team, and to Yamaha."


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