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Yamaha pulls out of WSB

Yamaha Motor Europe has decided to withdraw their official Yamaha World Superbike Team at the end of the current season from the FIM Superbike World Championship. This announcement follows a full strategic review of the Marketing Operations within Europe including all Motorsport activities and takes into account the continuing severe and rapidly changing Powered Two Wheeler market conditions throughout the region. Due...

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Jun 11

Posts: 566

ratchetman says:

media coverage

Yamaha pulling out of world super bikes was not really expected but thinking about it its about the amount of coverage the manafactures and sponsors get. Unfortunatly with wsb it is only shown on sky tv where as motogp is shown on bbc to a lot wider audience and to sponsors and manafactures this ofers alot better value for money WSB will survive because the racers are aloud to race with no stewards inquirey ref sam low and gino rea crash on sunday plus the manafactures will indirectly support it ref ducati But to remain as strong as it has been it needs to be screened on national television, By the way thoughs who couldnt make it to Silverstone last week end missed acracking week end   

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Oct 06

Posts: 587

Eddy998 says:

Yamaha out!!

Unfortunately, it looks like a sign of the economic times we are living in just now!! Let's hope things pick up soon!!

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Apr 09

Posts: 35

pearsonsnose says:

Big deal or not?

Yamaha have done this before..pulled out and left it to non-factory teams to run Yamahas after the rules changed back in the early 2000s and they didn't like it. World Superbikes has always been about a mix of factory and European 'factory' teams. There is no factory Honda team at the moment and hasn't been since Castrol Honda bailed. There is no real factory Suzuki team. Alstare Suzuki is a private team with factory help.

Ducati and Aprilia are the only real factory teams of recent years and Ducati will be back next year with the new superbike. It doesn't really harm the championship. The bigger issue is that superbikes are far too expensive to race, superbikes aren't really selling very well and Yamaha is in the shit when it comes to selling road bikes because who wants an R1 which costs £13-odd grand? Answer is hardly anyone.

If they make superbikes cheaper, simpler and attract more teams then the racing will be just as good as its always been.

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Dec 08

Posts: 1982

thestig08 says:

22 and 17 bike grids

With moto gp fielding the pathetic grids they do and wsb heading the same way, is it not time for there to be a class with 30 or 40 bikes on the grid and having to qualify just for a start ? It is poor value for money for the spectators at 50 and 75 pounds a hit as well ,cut the gadgets and gimicks and make the bikes more affordable to race,The manufacturers are shooting themselves in the foot,bsb has decent grids and a good value days racing,sort it out or it will continue to die on its feet

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Feb 11

Posts: 13

kiwigsxr says:

i wondered what no main sponser would do to the yamaha racing effort,

and now we know.

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Sep 08

Posts: 7

Flyboy1 says:

Yamaha are one of the most expensive brands on the market, so it seems to me that their marketing strategy might be the route cause of them pulling out of WSB.

Its a real shame they had to though, as many people have already mentioned, the grid numbers are dwindling all the time.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1323

SatNavSteve says:

Surely it can't be a lack of money causing this, have you seen the price of their bikes recently? No wonder they are too embarrassed to put prices on their web site!

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Aug 02

Posts: 1537

superbol says:

Melandri gets Edwards ride then !

Theres no way Yamaha will lose Marcos services, and Cal better improve now cos there`l be a big que for his ride ( reguardless of his 2yr contract )

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Aug 10

Posts: 43

TwoSkoops says:

Yamaha Europe were still kind of a private team but with Japanese backing, it's just they happened to be a franchise of the Japanese manufactuer which made it seem 'full' factory.  Therefore it is only the Yamaha Europe side of things that have announced they are withdrawing, but Yamaha Japan has not stated whether they will provide support to a professional private team with a decent budget and sponsors (same as Althea & PBM).

An aspiring team with the necessary budget would jump at the chance to run a factory supported team so if yamaha Japan are still willing to support a team then I don't think it will be long before we see a sucessor to Yamaha Europe running the team.

Swan Yamaha in BSB have factory support - perhaps they might fancy a step up like PBM did?  I bet it is being discussed.

Crescent recently started selling Yamaha's didn't they? More of a long shot due to the Moto GP ties but they might fancy flipping the bird to suzuki for dropping support to them in BSB - look how that turned out. 

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Nov 10

Posts: 1156

Elbowz11 says:

Would Melandri go back.

to Tech 3 considering the way he left the last time he rode for them ?

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