More than anything else, Yamaha is striving for consistency in its race results in order to have a stab at the World Superbike title this season. Andrea Dosoli, the Road Racing Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe, spoke as riders Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark presented their 2019 project at Sepang on Tuesday.
"In general, the Superbike project has matured to achieve better results compared to last year," Dosoli commented. "Last year we won three races and finished third in the championship, but we were too up and down with our overall results.
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"We would like to improve the consistency of the performance and, in order to achieve this, we have improved the bike but also our racing operation. We are looking forward to the 2019 season and to the first race."
Dosoli is confident that Yamaha is in a strong position to challenge for success in all three WorldSBK classes: World Superbike, World Supersport and Supersport 300.
"I believe the overall project has matured. You can be competitive in all three classes, which is very important for us. The World Superbike platform is the growing platform for riders to step up and we are able to offer them competitive bikes and teams in all the classes. We look forward in a positive mode.
"In the 300s we expect the new technical rules to rebalance things so we can again be competitive. In World Supersport, we have a strong rider line-up. In World Superbike, the project has achieved its maturity. We have doubled the number of riders.
"In GRT we have a rookies team and that will be the landing team for the best rider from Supersport, so we can clearly say that we have finalised this stepping up programme for the riders."
With the GRT Superbike squad of Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese racing alongside the Pata bikes of aforementioned Lowes and van der Mark, Yamaha’s technical team will be using data from all four riders in their bid to prevent Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki from achieving an unprecedented fifth world title.