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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-22-2009, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yoshimura rumoured to WSBK

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Yoshimura To Enter World Superbikes Series? | MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks

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ver the past couple of years, attention has been focused on the sparseness of the MotoGP grid, with just 17 permanent entries in 2009, and most likely the same number in 2010. The comparison was always made with the World Superbike grid, which had a bumper crop of 31 entries for the start of the 2009 season. Such a well-filled grid meant that the worryingly large number of teams and riders dropping out of World Superbikes throughout the season was largely ignored. The World Superbike grid for 2010, however, is looking disturbingly thin, with only 17 riders entered so far, and little sign of that number growing by any significant amount.

News emerging from Japan, however, suggests that at least one team is to swell the ranks of World Superbikes. More significant than the number of riders this team will bring is the name involved: It is not just any old team which is to make the jump from the All Japan Superbike championship, the team under discussion is Yoshimura Suzuki. The team has a long and rich history in the Japanese Superbike championship, with several JSB titles to its name, as well as wins in the prestigious Suzuka 8 hour race and a host of international events.

According to the Italian website Bikeracing.it (which reached us through the excellent Dutch site MOTOR.nl), Yoshimura Japan President Fujio Yoshimura announced that the legendary performance parts supplier had made the decision to move up to the World stage after spending many years in the Japanese national series. "Despite the period of economic crisis for us in Japan," Bikeracing.it reports Yoshimura as saying, "racing has been part of our sporting culture for some 60 years. For this reason, we have decided to take up a new challenge, a leap forward for all of us: To race in the World Championship. It will be a whole new challenge for Yoshimura, and we hope to have the support of all our sponsors and supporters in our attempt to become number 1 in World Superbikes." The move would see Yoshimura Japan switch its current All Japan Superbike team to the World Superbike championship, reportedly taking at least one of their riders - Daisaku Sakai is being named as the most likely candidate - up on to the world stage.

The move is no real surprise. There have been rumors that Yoshimura would make the switch to the World Superbike series for the last year or so. The difference, though, is that much of that previous speculation revolved around the team that had previously been running in the AMA series, and featured Ben Spies and Mat Mladin. After the DMG takeover and rebranding of the US Superbike series into AMA Pro Racing created an almost unbridgable river of bad blood between the manufacturers and the DMG, who had the rights to run the series, it was widely thought that the American branch of Yoshimura would make the leap to World Superbikes.

This appears not to be the case, though the two events are probably not entirely unrelated. American Suzuki, along with Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki, have all withdrawn factory support for the DMG-run AMA Pro series for 2010, ripping the guts from the US series. The withdrawals were made for reasons both of fundamental disagreement over the direction of racing, and for reasons of costs, as motorcycle sales have slumped in the wake of the financial crisis.

However, even in times of economic crisis, racing remains in the blood of many of the factories involved in the US series, and not all of the money saved by axing support for the AMA series will find its way back to the balance the manufacturers' balance sheets. Yoshimura has almost certainly used some of the funds freed up from supporting the American series to bump up its Japanese program to allow it to run in WSBK. Whether the input from the AMA program is large enough to see an American rider on a bike alongside Sakai remains to be seen.

Yoshimura's entry in to World Superbikes may also be a warning for Francis Batta's Alstare Suzuki team. Batta has spent every winter so far trying to squeeze more money out of the Hamamatsu factory to help support his race program. Meanwhile, rumors persist that Suzuki is unhappy with Batta's running of the Suzuki World Superbike team, which has seen a string of mediocre results, the highlight being Troy Corser's World Superbike title back in 2005. Even the hiring of the triple 250cc World Champion Max Biaggi - who was reportedly extremely well paid by WSBK standards - only landed the team a 3rd place back in 2007. With Yoshimura also entering the championship, this could be a prelude to the factory switching backing, from Alstare to the Japanese team.

So far, no official statements have been forthcoming from Yoshimura, though reports indicate that an official announcement could be made some time during the coming week.
Sakai sounds to be in, boy I can't help but wonder if Mat's "there's gonna be something big in 2010" and then he retires had something to do with them balking at what he wanted to be paid to cart his kids around the globe.

After having seen what Spies did to the field tho on a shittastic bike it really makes me wonder if they didn't fuck up bigtime by not giving Mat the support he wanted.

Kropotkin is right tho, this is almost certainly a death knell for Batta's team.

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that would be so nice to see.... let's hope it happens.



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finally our prairs have been answered, if they cant get Mat over there, even if they cant Hayden or Young wouldnt be a bad look to get started and then lure Haslam away if he looks good on the zuke next year, or Guintoli for that matter! and yes alstare has had its chance and has made suzuki look like a joke in wsbk


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yea!! Guinters on a Yosh Suzuki in WSBK wouldn't be bad at all!

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finally our prairs have been answered, if they cant get Mat over there, even if they cant Hayden or Young wouldnt be a bad look to get started and then lure Haslam away if he looks good on the zuke next year, or Guintoli for that matter! and yes alstare has had its chance and has made suzuki look like a joke in wsbk
Blake Youngs performance at Donington did more harm than good for him getting a WSBk ride I think.
Guintoli would be a better pick, if available.


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yea Young is fast but he's no Mladin.

really Mladin is the elephant in the room with this whole thing.

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He won't go to WSBK.
He's not got the drive or passion for the sport anymore i.m.o and he's stated often enough that he's not interested in jetting all over the world to ride bikes.
Plus he'd get his ass handed to him and he doesn't much like that...

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Even if I think that he would do well in WSBK as well there isn´t much for him to win at this point. the risk of getting whooped is big and as you said he doesn´t like that too much.


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he sure likes money tho.

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well whats been going on with bayliss? i thought he was coming back and going to sign with aprilla? but it seems now that it may be Camier.... how crazy would it be to say bayliss on a yosh zuke!


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To be honest I don't think Bayliss is coming back, and if he was it'd be to a Ducati surely, the guy has never done terribly well on a 4 cylinder.

Keep in mind tho, since the Aprilia pullout in 250, there's still 2 Aprilia WSBK seats left available.

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Sounds like it's just the Japanese Yosh team that are in, and they're running Kagayama, only at events that don't clash with BSB.

Sakukura & Co stay home.

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To be honest I don't think Bayliss is coming back, and if he was it'd be to a Ducati surely, the guy has never done terribly well on a 4 cylinder.

Keep in mind tho, since the Aprilia pullout in 250, there's still 2 Aprilia WSBK seats left available.
2 seats/ it should be 3 as camier is still not confirmed and is it for sure that theyll be creating another team? because i thought the funds from moto2 were to go towards their motogp project for 2011......

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Sounds like it's just the Japanese Yosh team that are in, and they're running Kagayama, only at events that don't clash with BSB.

Sakukura & Co stay home.
thats just stupid.... kagayma is just about done first of and 2nd how you gonna pull out of a whole series to race a couple races here and there?


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Camier is confirmed from what I hear, atleast Deano called it confirmed, he's been known to jump the gun the odd time but it's rare that he does. The second Aprilia team is not confirmed but it was mentioned in an official press release that they would be "expanding their WSBK effort" which sounds to me to be pretty clear, might be a satellite team rather than a second factory team tho I guess.

And ya, I concur on the Yosh thing, I think this might just be driving a nail into Batta's coffin.

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well they said camier was 99.9%.... and i think they were planning on the 2nd team but that was before the new regs for motogp came out and now they say they wish to get back in gp when its back up to 1000cc thus the reason they pulled the plug on the moto2 idea

i retract my previous statement... camier has been confirmed for next year


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ohhhhhh shit boys!!

Could Mat Mladin Race In WSBK? | MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks

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Well, if WSBK isn't already the most entertaining racing out there, this will certainly put it over the top.
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well, if wsbk isn't already the most entertaining racing out there, this will certainly put it over the top.

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ya I think it's bogus, or he's just yanking our chains. The rumour is he's testing a satellite BMW at Phillip Island later this week. I can't see him coming out of retirement to race a second string BMW.

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SCOOP: Mladin linked to BMW satellite ride
Former AMA Superbike champ targeted by BMW for 2010

Posted: 10 December 2009
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EARLIER TODAY we gave you the heads up that former multiple AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin had let slip he was considering a comeback to racing after a couple of serious offers from two World Superbike squads.

Not long after the story went up, the jungle drums upped their tempo, resulting in a sneaky phonecall to Visordown HQ from WSB insider, who claimed Mladin is being courted by Alfred Inzinger, former Power Horse Ducati boss, who took Troy Corser to WSB glory in '96.

Our insider claims Inzinger, who is now running the satellite BMW team with Austrian rider Roland Resch as their first confirmed rider, wants Mladin in their BMW satellite squad for 2010.

Rumour has it Mladin isn't ready to fully retire from the sport. What's more, the Australian now believes he can replicate arch AMA rival Ben Spies' move to WSB.

So Mladin, one of the hardest nuts in motorcycle racing, on an S1000RR, in World Superbikes for 2010.

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