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Yamaha Motor Europe is delighted to announce its official road #racing lineup for 2018, with the Pata #Yamaha Official #WorldSBK Team leading the way as they spearhead the challenge for glory in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The GRT #Yamaha Official #WorldSSP Team will be back to defend their clean sweep of the FIM Supersport World Championship titles on offer in 2017 and, once again, six young talents will compete as a part of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge in the dramatic and exciting FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. Reigning FIM #endurance World Champions, the GMT94 #Yamaha Official EWC Team, are unchanged for 2018 as they look to continue the incredible form that has seen them record four victories in the last five #endurance races, as they renew their battle alongside the YART #Yamaha Official EWC Team for the 2017/2018 FIM #endurance World Championship.
The 2018 #WorldSBK season sees Crescent #racing continue their partnership with the Japanese manufacturer following Yamaha's impressive return to the championship in 2016 after an absence of four years with the Pata #Yamaha Official #WorldSBK Team. The 2017 season saw the team record six podiums with riders Alex Lowes (4) and Michael van der Mark (2) showing incredible improvements throughout the season, establishing themselves as regular podium contenders by the end of the year. Both riders return for the 2018 season to spearhead the team's assault on the title onboard the Pata #Yamaha Official #WorldSBK YZF-R1s.
Last season was an incredible debut year for the 2017 #Yamaha YZF-R6, as the GRT #Yamaha Official #WorldSSP Team managed to complete a clean-sweep of the titles on offer in one of the most competitive classes on the planet. 28-year-old French rider Lucas Mahias took on all-comers to become the 2017 FIM Supersport World Champion, while his teammate Federico Caricasulo - race-winner in Thailand and Jerez - finished the season in an encouraging fifth overall as he also impressed on the new R6, meaning that GRT secured the #WorldSSP Team title and #Yamaha also went on to claim the #WorldSSP Manufacturer's crown. The 2018 season sees Mahias return to defend his title alongside teammate Caricasulo and Team Manager Filippo Conti.
The inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge saw six young riders compete onboard a #Yamaha #yzfr3 in the debut season of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. Alfonso Coppola emerged as the victor of the challenge, now taking the next step in his career as a part of the #Yamaha family in #WorldSSP this year. The 2018 season sees six more hungry young riders battle it out in one of the most exciting two-wheeled #racing classes on the planet. Leading the way for the bLU cRU riders is Galang Hendra Pratama, the Indonesian wildcard rider who took victory at the final round of the 2017 WorldSSP300 season in Jerez, alongside Luca Bernardi (16) from Italy, Dutch riders Dennis Koopman (20) and Joep Overbeeke (18), Notis Papapavlou (17) from Greece and Frenchman Hugo de Cancellis (16).
The 2016/2017 FIM #endurance World Championship saw the GMT94 #Yamaha Official EWC Team lift their third #endurance title after they dominated the majority of races. A disastrous opening round at the Bol d'Or saw the team bounce back by incredibly winning the next three races in a row at Le Mans, Oschersleben and the Slovakia Ring. A solid 11th-place finish at Suzuka was enough for them to be crowned #endurance World Champions for the third time in the team's history, adding to titles from 2004 and 2014, making up for the agony of missing out on the championship by just one point during the 2016 season.
GMT94 retain the three-rider lineup that lifted the trophy in 2016/2017 with Spaniard David Checa starting his 16th consecutive season with the team, plus 2008 125cc World Champion Mike di Meglio returns alongside former MotoGP/Moto2 rider, 2007 FIM Superstock 1000 Champion, and Pata #Yamaha Official #WorldSBK Team Test Rider, Niccolò Canepa. They got their title defence off to the best possible start by taking a maximum of 60 points at the opening round of the 2017/2018 season, the 24 hour Bol d'Or.
The YART #Yamaha Official EWC Team were involved in a superb season-long duel with GMT94 during the 2016/2017 season. Podiums at Le Mans and Oschersleben, plus a fifth-place finish at Suzuka meant they were once again the highest placed full-time team across the finish line in Japan and saw them finish the season in third overall. YART make a change to their line up for 2018, with former rider Takuya Fujita from Japan replacing compatriot Kohta Nozane after the first round at the Bol d'Or, to complete an already impressive team lineup of experienced Australian Broc Parkes and talented youngster Marvin Fritz from Germany as YART aim to claim their first #endurance World Championship for 9 years.
Yamaha Motor Europe is also delighted to announce a new partnership with Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing that will see the two brands work together, supporting a selection of riders from the #Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge and also the Pata #Yamaha Official #WorldSBK Team. #Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) is the company who manufacture and distribute #Yamaha motorcycles in Indonesia. The bikes will carry the #Yamaha Indonesian slogan "Semakin di Depan", which means "one step ahead", a philosophy that embodies everything YIMM are trying to achieve, offering customers better products, better after sales services and more satisfaction. This marks an exciting new era in the #Yamaha road #racing project in helping to support #racing around the world and the potential of the collaboration has already been highlighted by the excellent performances of Indonesian rider Galang Hendra Pratama in the 2017 WorldSSP300 championship as a wildcard that earnt him a full-time place in the #Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge for 2018.
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