Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. (YMENV) has officially announced its entry for the 2016 World Superbike Championship (WSBK). This marks Yamahaâ€™s return to the WSBK after a five-year absence since 2011.
Yamaha aims to capture its first championship since 2009 with their all-new YZF-R1 racer driven by current WSBK riders, Sylvain Guintoli (Honda) and Alex Lowes (Suzuki).
Born in 1982, Sylvain Guintoli is a French rider who has over 15 years of racing experience. In 2007, he competed in the MotoGP on the YZR-M1 for Yamaha Tech 3 and in 2014 he was crowned the WSBK champion as the top rider of Aprilia Racing.
Born in 1990, Alex Lowes is a British rider who on his home turf became the youngest BSB (British Superbike Championship) champion ever in 2013. Heâ€™s an up and coming rider who began competing in the WSBK from 2014.
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)