Canadian Superbike Bans Yamaha YZF-R1

December 10, 2009
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Canadian Superbike is banning all Yamaha R1 motorcycles from competition in 2010!

In a surprising move, the Canadian Superbike Series announced on its official website that all 2010 model-year Yamaha motorcycles would be banned from competition, while any-year Yamaha YZF-R1s will not be allowed in the Pro Superbike class. Only previous model-year Yamaha YZF-R6 privateer machines will be allowed in Canadian SBK middleweight class.

This comes on the heels of Yamaha pulling factory support from all motorcycle racing classes in North America as well as pulling series support from Canadian Superbike.

How this does anything to solve the problem is beyond us, though, as one would think that simply banning a motorcycle because the factory boys won’t come out and play, or don’t have the money to be a series sponsor, will only go to further hurt the sport in the long run. 

“Our biggest concern is the privateer or club level racer with existing Yamaha equipment,” said Colin Fraser of the series organizers, Professional Motorsports Productions, in the release. “The vast majority of Yamaha riders utilize 600s, and we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interests to allow these existing machines to continue to compete.”

So what about privateers, even if it is a small number, who have or would like to ride Yamaha YZF-R1s? Guess they don’t matter to Canadian Superbike…

Read the official release here:

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Note: When not running the Canadian Superbike Series, Fraser is in charge of the at-track operations of the AMA Superbike Series…

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