Yamaha Europe to pull out of Superbikes
Yamaha has decided to withdraw its 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 motorcycle market conditions throughout the region.
Due to this decision more resource and focus will now be used for direct customer activities to
ultimately add more value to Yamaha ownership and increased customer satisfaction.
YME has express its sincere thanks and appreciation for the total commitment, support, and
passion shown by the extremely professional and dedicated riders and team members both past and
present throughout the many years of participation in the Superbike World Championship.
Riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty are currently third and fourth respectively in the 2011
WSBK championship standings for riders with four rounds to go. YME and the team will continue to
give their maximum efforts until the end of the existing season to try and regain the World
Superbike title which Yamaha also won in 2009.
Yamaha will continue the availability of road racing kit parts, known as YEC Racing kit parts,
for its R1 and R6 production models for private teams entering at all racing levels.