| From Yamaha Racing Team (YRT)|
Yamaha Motor Australia has announced a change of structure to its road race team for 2005.
In previous years, team management has been outsourced to contractors. But next season, Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) will be run directly by Yamaha Motor Australia as an in-house operation.
The new team will be based in Brisbane and headed by Yamaha’s Special Projects Manager John Redding. Redding is a former Grand Prix Road Racing technician and is already heavily involved with YMA engineering and racing activities via his Yamaha Race Developments (YRD) Melbourne based workshop.
Ex-Nikon Yamaha Chief Technician Kevin Marshall is retained as Technical Manager. Marshall is the tuning guru behind developing the R6 and R1 race bikes into the quickest in the country, with a long history of national titles highlighted by Kevin Curtain’s most recent winning streak.
YRT rider and Australasian Superbike Champion Daniel Stauffer will contest the 2005 Australian Superbike Championship aboard the latest YZF-R1. And the multi-talented Shannon Johnson – fresh from his Australian Supermoto Championship victory aboard a YZ450F – will compete on a second YZF-R1 superbike. Stauffer has been a regular superbike race winner and Johnson placed second in the Championship in 2004, so both are well placed to compete for top honours next season.
“In recent years we have enjoyed great success with Team Nikon Yamaha and thank the management teams for all their hard work and great results. The Yamaha Racing Team will allow us to make a number of positive moves, including sharing setup information with satellite Yamaha teams and testing new GYT-R developed parts. All parties are set to benefit from YMA’s closer involvement in our road race team,” explains YMA director Steven Cotterell.
The team will also compete in the supersport class and will soon announce one rider to campaign Yamaha’s YZF-R6 in the smaller capacity category.
Yamaha Australia's Road Racing Team Annouced () 12/14 05:55 PM
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