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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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Aug 09

Posts: 64

Shepshep says:


I have heard that both Melandri and Laverty have contracts signed for next year! What is the point of a contract if the factory does not have to honour it? If Laverty had changed his mind after signing for Yamaha WSB and had been offered a Moto GP contract with Honda for example, Yamaha would have sued him. I suggest both Melandri and Laverty sue Yamaha for breach of contract.

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Jul 08

Posts: 264

stevyamy says:

They may have contracts...but racers get made redundant just like us folk in the real world.

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Aug 09

Posts: 64

Shepshep says:


True, but in the real world, I can give in my notice and go work for someone else, as I said, if Laverty had been offered a MotoGP ride by Honda, Yamaha would have sued him for breech of contract. Neil Mackenzie got sued by Suzuki in 1987, and he had only signed a "letter of intent"!

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Feb 09

Posts: 846

chrisg011 says:


is actually a representative of Yamaha Motors Inc and the summer sale is one well used and high performing WSBK squad.

Any offers welcome


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Apr 06

Posts: 57

jimsmimm says:

skint yamaha

maybe if their R1 wasn't so rediculously over priced they'd sell some and raise some much needed cash....

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Apr 11

Posts: 1681

ow01fogno1 says:


he has done better on the yam i think this season thatn you would expect, but he wont get another moto gp ride he made the switch, not easy to go back, unless your hopper.

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Jul 10

Posts: 64

Wellgofar says:


Bang, there goes Yamaha's UK and European sales of R1's and R6's, stupid fu%*ers given how well they are doing with Eugene and Marco.. About as daft as it gets, pulling out of the best bike series there is!

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Jul 08

Posts: 1091

leemuz says:


Full factory rides will be a thing of the past soon, relying more on your ponsors and teams like san carlos, tech 3, taz, etc.

Because of all the laws in Europe, motorcycle sales have plummeted, leaving the factories no option but to do this.

They will provide the motors but will leave the other costs up to private sponsors....

We have seen it with Ducati already in WSB and with kawasaki binning it altogether in motogp.

It may be big changes but i firmly believe the WSB class will survive, just in a different way to what we've been used to.


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May 04

Posts: 23

madproffesor says:

If all the manufacturers pull out how can it be a respected world series with only amateur teams? It is the one series we the general public can associate with, our bikes on the track A sad day for the sport.

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May 09

Posts: 269

JustBe says:


It is so hard to get finance these days that everyone is buying second hand bikes. Then because of the crash people who buy bikes as their Sunday ride are selling it and sticking with a car. Yamaha need to smarten up and design their bikes for the current state of the global economy. Their R6 is £9000 and their R1 is like £13000, these are crazy prices. They need to make the R6 £6000 and R1 £9000.

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