Motorcycle Racing News Yoshimura Suzuki Abandons World Superbike

Yoshimura Suzuki Abandons World Superbike

World SBK

The Yoshimura Suzuki team has decided to abandon plans to take part in any more World Superbike races this season, as a result cutting short their exploratory mission into the production-based series.

With a view to preparing for a full-time entry in 2011, the legendary Japanese tuning firm had initially planned to race at Assen, Imola and Magny-Cours with riders Yukio Kagayama and Daisaku Sakai sharing the duties.

But their WSB debut was rescheduled to Monza, where an unconvincing performance by newcomer Sakai, who crashed three times at the high-speed Italian track, has now been followed by a rethink in Yoshimura’s plans.

Citing the general economic climate and the need for more testing and preparation before launching any full attack on the championship, team principal Fujio Yoshimura said that it was still their intention to compete in 2011 but for the moment they were keeping their options open for the future.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...

2021 BMW R 18 Test: City and Country Life with the Big Boxer

Let's say we hop into Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine and set the date for October 1936 and Berlin as a location. With us, we...

Harley-Davidson Tremont Shoes Review: Urban Motorcycle Footwear

In the on-going debate over how much protection is enough, the correct answer for each of us comes from within. Some riders would never...

2021 Langen Two Stroke First Look: Street-Legal V-Twin!

If you thought we’d never see another street-legal two-stroke sportbike, you’re not alone. There hasn’t been a full-size two-stroke motorcycle for the street in...

2021 Indian Springfield Lineup First Look (5 Fast Facts)

There are two motorcycles in the 2021 Indian Springfield lineup, with the standard Springfield focused on longer-distance touring, and the Springfield Dark Horse pulling...