PATA YAMAHA WORLDSBK
For the fourth successive season Yamaha Motor Europe maintain their successful partnership with Crescent Racing to provide the Japanese manufacturers Official entry in World Superbikes for 2019.
Whilst Yamaha Motor Europe retain full responsibility for racing strategy and machine development, Crescent Racing are tasked with running the team’s operation from it’s headquarters in Dorset on the South coast of England. Overseeing this is team manager & successful businessman, Paul Denning. The ex racer has a depth of experience to call upon, having been involved in team management for over 20 years, including British Superbikes, and 7 years Moto GP, before being approached to look after Yamaha’s World Superbike campaigns upon their return to the class in 2016 (following an absence of 4 years).
Rider wise it’s no change. Britain’s Alex Lowes lines up alongside Dutchman, Michael van der Mark for a third consecutive season (actually Alex’s fourth year with the PATA Yamaha WorldSBK team). Last year saw both riders establishing themselves as serious podium contenders with former BSB Champion Lowes eventually rounding out 6 thoverall in the World Series, whilst former World Super Sport Champion, ‘Micky vd M’ raced his YZF- R1 to a well deserved 3rd in the final standings.
The 2018 season being memorable as each gained their maiden World Superbike race victories. Van der Mark dominating both races at the UK Round at Donington Park, whilst Lowes was to climb the top step of the Podium following a win in race 2 at Brno. Italian savoury snacks company PATA continue as the teams sponsor.
Singular team aim for 2019?………….Do what Ben Spies did for Yamaha in 2009…...and that is to win the World Superbike Championship!