Yamaha Returns to Canadian Superbike

Manufacturer left series after 2009 season

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 21, 2011

Yamaha is returning to the Canadian Superbike Championship after a one-year absence from the series.

The Japanese manufacturer withdrew from the series in November 2009, but will be back in CSBK with the Yamaha YZF-R1 in the Superbike class and the YZF-R6 in the Sport Bike class in both Pro and Amateur divisions.

“Yamaha are thrilled to be back road racing in Canada,” confirmed Tim Kennedy, Marketing Manager of Yamaha Motor Canada. “We felt that after a short absence, it was time to come back and be part of a series that we strongly believe in. We know that the CSBK series is headed for great things, and we want to not only support, but be an active part of it.”

Yamaha’s return comes as a new management team takes over the CSBK series. Frontline CSBK takes over from former series organizers Professional Motorsports Productons.

“We are very pleased to make this announcement and looking forward to welcoming Yamaha back into our ranks,” explained Kevin Graham of Frontline CSBK. “Competitors want to race these motorcycles and the loyal blue fans want to see them on the grid. This is a win-win situation, and we are looking forward to a great season of competitive racing in all classes on a national level.”

The Parts Canada Canadian Superbike Championship is sponsored by its competing manufacturers which include BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and now Yamaha. The 2011 season begins May 27-29 at the ICAR circuit in Mirabel, Quebec.

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