Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Pata Yamaha Introduces Van Der Mark to the 2017 WorldSBK YZF-R1 Little more than a month has passed since the dramatic events under the Losail lights called time on the final races of 2016, but in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship that can feel like a lifetime. With thoughts already firmly set on the 2017 racing season, Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. is delighted to officially introduce Michael van der Mark, who will compete alongside current rider Alex Lowes as its Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK challengers.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 From Donington WorldSBK to Double MotoAmerica Champion - Yamaha's Stateside Star Beaubier Talks 2016 2015 witnessed 22-year-old Cameron Beaubier crowned the inaugural MotoAmerican Superbike Champion aboard his YZF-R1 in only his second year competing in the top class at national level. 2016 saw him return, determined to defend his title, which the young Californian did with style. Standing on the podium in 13 out of the season's 18 races, eight of which victorious on the top step, Beaubier clinched his second consecutive MotoAmerica title by six points over his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Rain in Spain Halts Pata Yamaha Jerez Test after Positive Two Days on Track The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's three-day test schedule was cut short at the Circuito de Jerez today, as heavy rain, strong winds and chilling temperatures hit the Andalucían region. However, the promising work already undertaken during Wednesday and Thursday's sessions by Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark has left the squad pleased with the outcome and confident the information garnered will see them positively through the winter's development stage.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 2016 YZ125 Cup Students Graduate From Yamaha Masterclass Seven YZ125 Cup riders selected by Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. have successfully concluded the intense Masterclass training programme from November 18th - 20th, at the Ottobiano Motorsport track in Italy. The upcoming young talents were taken under the wing of 2008 MX Premier Class (MX1) Champion David Philippaerts and Alberto Barozzi, Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.'s bLU cRU Racing Manager, to get a unique insight into all aspects of professional motocross training. The students' progress was carefully monitored by Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.'s racing committee throughout the course, as only one rider will receive the opportunity to step up to the EMX125 Championship with Yamaha's MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team next year.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 First Steps Taken Towards 2017 as Lowes and Van Der Mark Complete Aragon Shakedown The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team returned to Spain this week as preparations began for the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Completing two days at Motorland Aragon's 5,077m circuit, the YZF-R1's were put through their paces as the Yamaha crew evaluated a raft of hardware and electronics updates. Alex Lowes and new teammate Michael van der Mark were satisfied with the progress made and new information discovered.