On March 1, held in Tokyo, Yamaha conducted a presentation regarding their motorsports activity plans for 2016. Continuing last year’s feat, they announced that they will be joining the All Japan Road Race Championship (JSB1000) and Suzuka 8 Hours with their more enhanced factory setup.
Yamaha particularly made efforts in their motorsport activities as they celebrated their 60th founding anniversary last year. Aside from Jorge Lorenzo, who won in the MotoGP Riders’ Championship, he also claimed the throne after winning the Manufacturers’ MotoGP Title Trophy. Yamaha will participate as a factory team in the JSB1000 class of All Japan Road Race Championship, Japan’s biggest motorcycle racing event. Katsuyuki Nakasuga has won an unprecedented four consecutive championships in the All Japan Road Race. Also, during the Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race held at the end of July 2015, Yamaha also won overall victory with the Works Team after 19 years.
Yamaha will also take the challenge during this year’s season to enhance their systems further through three basic objectives: branding, technology feedback, and promotion.
Consequently, they will be participating in the 2016 All Japan Road Race Championship as the Yamaha Factory Racing Team. Katsuyuki Nakasuga will still be their rider for this race. With the further development of the YZF-R1, which debuted last year, Nakasuga is very determined towards his goal in achieving his fifth win after seven tries in this race. “I want to work hard in order to achieve the overall championship this year in continuation to last year,” he enthusiastically said.
Furthermore, the Yamahalube Racing Team, Yamaha’s youth team, will also be participating in the JSB1000 class this year. Just like last year, Kota Nozane and Takuya Fujita will still be their participating riders for this season. Nozane stood third on the podium during last year’s season; there had been many times when he failed to achieve the overall championship title. As for his second time participating this season, he enthusiastically said, “I want to give my all in full swing so that I can compete with Katsuyuki Nakasuga, while being on the same level as his.” On the other hand, Fujita, who suffered from injury last season also enthusiastically said, “I want to compete steadily this time without getting myself injured throughout the year.”
Last year’s Suzuka 8 Hours race gave a huge impact. Yamaha will also be participating as a factory team this year. They will be participating with stronger strategies than last year; other notable participating riders will also be revealed in the next few days.
Furthermore, Yamaha Executive Vice President Takaaki Kimura mentioned about their determination towards achieving victory this time, “By focusing on strengthening our efforts to victory through racing activities this season in other parts of the world, we plan to get our place on the starting grid bringing no less than the same passion from last year. We aim to achieve our second consecutive win with the YZF-R1 by giving a stronger fight in the Suzuka 8 Hours with the factory team from last year.”
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)