The 2018 WorldSBK season sees Yamaha Motor Europe continue to partner Crescent Racing as the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. The Japanese marque made its highly anticipated return to the championship in 2016 after an absence of four years. Yamaha Motor Europe’s strategy is clear – to make full use of the all-new YZF-R1 to challenge for victory in the premier production Superbike series. Yamaha’s impressive history in the championship, which includes its title-winning and record-breaking year with Ben Spies in 2009, combined with the stunning base specification of the YZF-R1 offers an unrivalled opportunity to campaign for victory honours.
Based in Dorset, on the South Coast of England, Crescent Racing has been competing in WorldSBK since 2012; with the previous 15 years spent in the British Championship – at Superbike, Supersport and Superstock levels. The team’s manager, Paul Denning – once a racer himself – also spent seven years managing a MotoGP team in the sport’s premier class.