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Canadian Superbike Bans Yamaha YZF-R1

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Back from the grave is thte original Red White color scheme for the original 98 R1  and its one of our favorties.
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:

Please comment on this below. We would like to hear what you think!

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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Flying Squirrell -Time to call in the Cav!  February 18, 2010 08:23 AM
Okay, this crap has gone on long enough! Has every moron in North American racing management just smoked a big fat bag of crack? Road Racing is all that kept me going the last couple of years (two of which I spent in Iraq), and now these asshats want to just flush OUR sport down the crapper. I am offically calling out every fan, rider, racer, to ban together and take back our sport before it's too late.

If the AMA and other folks can not get there shit together, I'm sure thousands of motivated fans can. I mean how hard is it to market beautiful/close-to-naked women and sportbikes? I'll bet Spike TV would cover races.

All I know is if we wait around any longer, Road Racing in North America will go the way of the Dodo and we'll be forced to watch rednecks make left hand turns, and pitch cereal that'll make you crap 4 times a day.
R1 -WHAT?  January 12, 2010 05:24 AM
Well I guess I won't be watching Canadian Superbike either. Haven't watched AMA since NASCAR took over. I guess I will focus on WSBK and MotoGP. Lets hope they don't screw them up.
Clive Ng-a-Kien -Small minded promoters  December 26, 2009 11:03 AM
Yamaha Canada does not need the Canadian racing to sell their bikes.
This is one of the most stupid calls I have seen in recent years.
Long term it can only hurt Canadians rider. I hope Yamaha does not do or help with any back door support to help small minded promoters.
Building good products sells bikes not Canadian road racing.
Let Honda remind you of that consept.
Rui Almeida -Yamaha Ban in Canada  December 20, 2009 08:53 AM
If the sponsorship money Yamaha withdrew was to help television coverage, then why do Honada, Kawasaki, BMW and Buell have to pay for Yamaha to go on TV for free? Pitch in or stay out...
PC -Dumb  December 14, 2009 01:27 PM
Is there some conspiracy to kill motorcycle racing? I can't believe this stupidity.
obbie -race classes  December 14, 2009 12:06 PM
I kinda like philamar's idea about the competition cruiser class..that would rock!!
Giancarlo Falappa -Ban?  December 14, 2009 08:47 AM
Well what is worse,an outright ban,or adjusted series? 1200s in the 600 class.The best 600 dynoed 125bhp,the 1200 was at 149bhp.Early in the year the 1200 had a weight advantage too.Then to be "fair" they had to be equal weight after that adjustment.Notice no one talks about torque numbers much or at all.Or how the torque advantage really comes into play big time,when you wave a yellow or red 3 laps from the end?Re start for a lap or so,the torque bike has an even greater advantage still--if the chassis is any good at all? My 2 cents.With a ban,at least it is out front and in your face. Neither is good,but in North America those are our choices at this time. And we all grumbled before?GF
Dan the Canadian -Fraser.....Get the F$%&? out......  December 13, 2009 06:36 AM
Being a Candian, an seing the serie dying slowly, it really break my heart.......
JeffT -Canadian  December 12, 2009 08:55 PM
a few of you guys are a little messed up if you canblame a country for some problems with a motorcycle series run by a DMG'r and some maid strike. Honestly,
BrianR1 -WTF?  December 12, 2009 10:21 AM
OK Kids Now lets all play a game. If you own a Yamaha you can't play with us. Yamaha quit giving me free money so if you wanna play you have to buy another brand. wow I guess I dont understand socialized countries anyway. "Take my money please"
Dwihary A Putro -goodbye willingness  December 12, 2009 06:49 AM
Sportmanship is gone, so does the democracy... i'll watch moped GP series!
Rrevnutz -Canada Series  December 11, 2009 06:52 PM
They will figure it out...just ban all the Japanese manufacturers and that will fix the problem. Oh, better be careful, the AMA might try that or worse, the FIM...
Canadian Rider -Canadian Business  December 11, 2009 06:43 PM
Easy guys. Canadian superbike banning Yamaha R1's from competition is not a reflection on how Canada as a whole does business. I agree that this is not a wise move but to start questioning Canadian Logic based on what a couple of individuals running a racing league are doing is not a fair assessment.
Ninja Mike -Is is a Canadian trend?  December 11, 2009 12:28 PM
I'm starting to think they do business a little different up there in Canada. The LA Galaxy were suppose to play two exhibition games in Germany, one of which I bought tickets for. IMC Group, a Canadian company, was in charge of organizing and promoting these games. To make a long story short, the company did not fullfill their contract, because they were only able to find one team to play in Germany, so the Galaxy cancelled the tour. The German ticket agent where tickets were sold transfered the money directly to IMC group, and now refuses to refund the tickets sold for a game that will never happen. Maybe people should twice about using Canadian promoters and organizers!
philamar -Banned R1  December 11, 2009 12:16 PM
Banning a single type of motorcycle is a bad move as it only hurts privateers who have already invested in competing. Id like to see two things in racing #1 is a run what you brung class that allows any modification to any motorcycle and damn the displacement. Then Id like to see a competition cruiser class in roadracing, just think of it....loaded baggers dragging their floorboard thru the corners..there could even be a class where someone has to ride bitch on the back during the race (and they could fight with the other bikes passengers)..DAMN I bet I could get those grandstands full!!
Paul McKendry -Banned R-!  December 11, 2009 10:40 AM
This is typical of Canadian logic. They strike at the drop of a hat.
This smacks of a similar "gotcha mentality". I was in Toronta and was a bit late returning a rental car before flying home. The rental return was in a hotel. The hotel maids were on strike and blocked me from returning the car. I sat out in the street waiting for clearance while exchanging pleasantries with one of the cleaning staff. Like this tactic, that really helped thier cause. Stupid.
Moose -No more R1's  December 11, 2009 09:46 AM
Colin Frasier has the DMG/AMA mentality now. He allegedly ran the show in the Nascar series, sorry, the DMG/AMA series in 2009, & must have adopted their rocket-science logic, or lack of.
Colin's explanation for the ban is one lame excuse to justify some politics behind closed doors. But then I might be wrong.
All those racers who invested $20,000 to $30,000 in an R1, what do they do w/ that now? Is the Canadian series gonna be another Buell-in any-class series soon?
Smugly -You got to be kidding  December 11, 2009 07:47 AM
The economy is going through a rough turn. Companies have to make cuts to get through them. All you going to do is stop new riders from entering into the sport by banning a bike they could use. This on the surface looks more personal then productive. Spend more time promoting the sport, Not wasting time in a pissing match with manufacturing companies.
MrMyTwoCents -What's that all a'boot??  December 10, 2009 11:02 PM
Tim B -Awesome!  December 10, 2009 09:55 PM
I think this is a ballsy move, but it's awesome. If Yamaha isn't willing to help out the series or the riders the series should punish Yamaha. If anything this will force the racers in the series to race something other than Yamaha which will in turn hurt Yamaha's sales. It's genius!
froryde -Issues?  December 10, 2009 08:23 PM
Sounds like Fraser's got control issues.
fast eddie -ban  December 10, 2009 06:33 PM
I really dont care because canadian superbike is not very good.the tracks look so bumpy and unkept i am surprised the bikes can make it around them.i haven`t watched a race for about five years.As for moto gp that would be nice now the big guys can go back to winning races.Danny Pedrosa may have to switch to moto 2.
IndyXB9R -Making it personal  December 10, 2009 05:49 PM
Wow, what a year to love motorcycles. Do the people trying to promote our sport get it all? The guys from Pit Pass Radio made a good point on an old show, who cares what the reality is, if we want the sport of motorcycle racing to grow, then we need to put it in a positive light. What JRP did in Ohio and NJ, regardless of who was in the right, did not promote our sport. HD chopping Buell in the ugliest of lights is not helping our sport. CSBK getting personal and trying to hurt yamaha's sales is not helping our sport. Let's grow upo a little bit guys. I want racing to be around, and in the mainstream, by the time my kids are old enough to enjoy it.
MotoJoe -Canadian Ban on Yamaha  December 10, 2009 05:19 PM
Well that's just about the most idiotic thing I've heard in a while. Do they think that Yamaha was trying to punish them? Maybe Yamaha can't afford to finance every racing series in the world at this time. They are only hurting their own series. I think they have been listeneing to the DMG crew and want to destroy road racing in Canada like DMG has and is doing in the states.
shnapper -Huh?  December 10, 2009 04:04 PM
I've heard nothing about Moto-Gp switching back to the 1000cc motors. I must have missed an article over at that website. It would kind of make sense since the 250cc 2 stroke class is dead and moving to what 600cc? Interesting move by the Canadian series to hit Yamaha like that. I would assume they hope Racers will flock to the other 3 or 4 brands to hurt yamaha's sales?
W1LLPOW3R -Banned R1  December 10, 2009 03:10 PM
the Canadian series isn't all that important anyway..
in more disturbing news, MotoGp is going to switch back to
1000's in 2012..will WSbk suffer?