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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-31-2005, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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US Yamaha Road Race Team Announced

Sadly, they'll be the only major manufacturer not running Superbike. With DiSalvo and EBoz, it's not like they don't have the talent. And with the potent R1, it's not like they don't have a great platform to work from.
http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/...?article=24393

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Agree 100%. Not sure why they ducked Superbike.



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Agree 100%. Not sure why they ducked Superbike.
Because they don't have a competitive superbike program. Of course, they can't get there without starting somewhere... Like Kawasaki is having to do. Heck, I bet Honda's just glad Kawaski will be the underdog this year...
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They might not have an official superbike program, but, they have a pretty good starting point with the R1.

For some reason, they decided to put all of their 'superbike-type' R&D into the 600 (Formula Extreme) rather than going after the premier class. Are they just hungry for a championship with the new 600 (even though it is meaningless since there won't be any other factory teams running in F-X) or are they afraid of Mladin in Superbike? I don't get it - they brought in Eric Bostrom, the 2nd winningest superbike rider in 2005, and they're sticking him in the privateer class instead of the premier class.

I understand its not 100% accurate comparison, but, using qualifying times from Superstock in 2005, here's where the Yamaha riders would have been on the Superbike grid:

Daytona - 5th - DiSalvo
Barber - 2nd - Hacking
Fontana - 5th - DiSalvo
Infineon - 2nd - DiSalvo
Pikes Peak - 3rd - DiSalvo
Road America - 7th - DiSalvo
Laguna - 6th - DiSalvo
Mid-Ohio - 7th - DiSalvo
VIR - 8th - DiSalvo
Road Atlanta - 2nd - DiSalvo

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