Yamaha Motor Corporation announced on March 6 their motorsports activity plan for 2015. The hottest buzz was the re-participation of the factory team at the All Japan Championship together with the Yamaha Racing Blue.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga acquired the third consecutive championship last year at the All Japan Road Race JSB1000 class, which makes him the first racer ever to have acquired five titles. This season, Yamaha will introduce the new YZF-R1 and change the team name from YSP Racing Team to Yamaha Factory Racing Team. They will compete for their four consecutive championship in the All Japan with this factory system.
They will receive more generous support from the manufacturer by using the factory system. Nakasuga said regarding his impression of the team, “I can feel the fighting spirit of Yamaha as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. I want to win and be the champion to live up to their expectations, so that they will not lose that spirit.”
On that day, they have unveiled the new vehicle that they will introduce in line with the 60th anniversary. Their development aim is to be ‘the fastest in the circuit’. The technology of the YZF-M1 that is active in the MotoGP has been introduced as rsymbolized by the cross-plane. From the results of the test, the Yamaha camp also got decent feedback. The vehicle has been completed as a fruit of Yamaha technology. In the future, they will further polish their battling prowess through participating in the All Japan. They also aim to win as the overall champion in the Suzuka 8-hour endurance race with their factory system, the same one they had when they once won the said race during 1996.
However, what Yamaha is truly aiming for is the world stage. Yamaha has decided to return to the Superbike World Championship starting 2016. Yukihiro Ozaki concurrently serves as the sales department of Asia and the ASEAN, and also the strategy department of motorsports in Yamaha. He said the following about the significance of the factory team participation. “The factory activity in the All Japan will give great effects to each race category playing an active role worldwide. We will continue to expand the platform enhanced in Japan for the main races in each country.”
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)