YAMAHA MOTOR EUROPE UNVEIL 2018 ROAD RACING LINEUP
Yamaha Motor Europe is delighted to announce its official road racing lineup for 2018, with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team leading the way as they spearhead the challenge for glory in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team will be back to defend their clean sweep of the FIM Supersport World Championship titles on offer in 2017 and, once again, six young talents will compete as a part of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge in the dramatic and exciting FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.
Reigning FIM Endurance World Champions, the GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team, are unchanged for 2018 as they look to continue the incredible form that has seen them record four victories in the last five endurance races, as they renew their battle alongside the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team for the 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship.
The 2018 WorldSBK season sees Crescent Racing continue their partnership with the Japanese manufacturer following Yamaha’s impressive return to the championship in 2016 after an absence of four years with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. The 2017 season saw the team record six podiums with riders Michael van der Mark (2) and Alex Lowes (4) showing incredible improvements throughout the season, establishing themselves as regular podium contenders by the end of the year. Both riders return for the 2018 season to spearhead the team’s assault on the title onboard the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK YZF-R1s.