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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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  • Posted 4 years ago (01 August 2011 16:47)

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Jul 10

Posts: 50

Cadwell75 says:

Factory team or support?

Look at Ducati, they pulled the official team out last year and the best mechanics and support went to Althea. Now they are leading the championship.

I think the difference between factory and private teams in WSB is not that big. A very good private team can easily carry the yamaha torch on into next year.

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May 09

Posts: 20

madasthecat says:


i seem to remember reports that Francis Batta was to ditch suzuki, and maybe target running next years kawasaki effort??????? Maybe the time is right for him toi switch to run a yamaha effort next year???

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Feb 09

Posts: 846

chrisg011 says:

In hindsight

this is a blessing...

Get the factory squads out of WSBK, limit thier involvement in customer teams and make it a really good production based series.

On no - thats superstock...
Maybe that will be the future of WSBK and the death toll for the stockers?

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Nov 08

Posts: 109

smilo996 says:

As the population of europe gets older an the effects of born again bikers dwindles, it is getting more and more difficult to sell sports bikes. Sales (accoding to Ducati) of other types of bikes are increasing to service that older population. That is why they started with the hypermotard, multistrada, Diavel. Then there is the weakness of the Yen, again and increased insurance costs for young bikers. Not surprising the market is difficult.

So perhaps it is not surprising then that most teams are opting for a private / factory system. For Aprilia and Ducati racing is the prime driver of their sales. Is that the same for Japanese factories?

Always preferred WSB to anythingelse so hope it does not go south. I guess the alternative would be a series for Diavel's, Rockets, B Kings and V Rods. What a thought!

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Aug 02

Posts: 111


Seem to remember a certain manufacturer called Ducati doing similar last year.


Now just remind me whos leading the championship at prescent !!!!!!

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Jul 08

Posts: 179

Fomancu says:

@ madasthecat

Francis Batta(Alstare Team Principle) has already gone on record to say that Alstare will withdraw from WSBK if they cannot paticipate with Suzuki---its would therefore apper that its actually Suzuki who have hinted that they will pull out their support  completely.

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Apr 09

Posts: 100

kgb333 says:

Not at all surprising

Given the weakmess of the Yen, the effects of the Earthquake and Tsunami all for a start.

They have no sponsor for their MotoGP team and thats got to be costing a fortune just in payments to Jorge alone.

WSB does itself no favours in the amount of kit each bike now needs to be competitive, this alone is pointless as no one has this level of kit on their normal road bike.

Super sports bike just don't sell anymore as they are too expensive and too restrictive in waht you can do with them. Adventure bikes and Tourers sell far more units than Sports bike.


Maybe BBC will get serious about the Dakar next year!

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Jul 09

Posts: 10

Weak Yen ???

If the yen was weak, that would make Japanese bike exports to Europe cheaper and they'd sell more. It's actually been too strong for too long as far as the Japanese exporters are concerned.


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Feb 10

Posts: 384


Bye bye Yam WSB.......

To tell the truth,i honestly don't know HOW the bike manufacturers,any of them, afford to run a WSB & MOTO-GP FACTORY TEAM all year,or pay the millions out in just riders fees??? This year,Yamaha are running the team with minor sponsors,its got to be crippling financially especially as they are one of the smallest bike manufacturers from Japan and with the economy still down,well,rather them than i.

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Jun 11

Posts: 942

Moaner says:

Well that is a pile a plop!!

Terrible news! Still.... not all bad, look at the non factory Ducati... Who needs full factory support eh?

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