Yamaha R7 Out of World SuperBike

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Yamaha will reorganize priorities in its global motorcycle racing strategy for the 2001 season, resulting in the withdrawal of the Yamaha World Superbike Team from the Superbike World Championship...



From http://www.yamaha-racing.com/

A factory team was entered in the Superbike World Championship for the first time in 1995 in order to promote and develop Yamaha's sports production models. This participation resulted in the creation of arguably the most successful sports line-up ever produced: the YZF-R Series.

The YZF-R6 took both the Riders and Manufacturers Supersport World Championship titles this year, while the YZF-R7 with Noriyuki Haga finished runner-up in the Superbike World Championship. The development of the YZF-R7 will continue for the All Japan Superbike Championship and for the Suzuka 8-hr race. Furthermore, updated kit parts will be made available to privateer teams competing nationally and internationally in 2001.

Yamaha wishes to recognize the excellent work done by SBK International in building both the Superbike and Supersport championships into a successful showcase for sports production motorcycles. Despite a shift in Superbike strategy, Yamaha will continue to support top-level Supersport teams in their efforts to build on the successes of the R6 these past two years.

Noriyuki Haga has renewed his contract with Yamaha and for 2001 will enter the MotoGP 500cc World Championship riding for the Red Bull Yamaha WCM Team.

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