Yamaha will return to World Superbike Championship with their new R1 motorcycle in 2016. It won’t be a full factory team, but a private-supported one.
We should see the new Yamaha R1 in 2016 WSBK round alongside a private factory-supported team. This is a very common practice nowadays, with factories giving half-support to private teams and focusing on other motorsport branches.
The main candidates are Yamaha MCE British Superbike and Milwaukee Yamaha, according to MCN journalists.
“The ultimate goal is to move to World Superbikes, but we will only do it when we are ready; we do not want to forget what we are doing now with supporting our teams a t a local level. But this new structure [of factory supported teams] is working very well, and we want to push it to the next level”, declared European road race project manager, according to MCN.
This year we can see the new Yamaha R1 at work in championships as World Endurance or Isle of Man TT races.