Assen: Yamaha Racing preview

Yamaha goes Dutch for round five of the World Superbike Championship The World Superbike Championship goes to Assen this weekend and with Queen's Day falling on the Monday after the race the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team will be celebrating this...

Yamaha goes Dutch for round five of the World Superbike Championship

The World Superbike Championship goes to Assen this weekend and with Queen's Day falling on the Monday after the race the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team will be celebrating this Dutch national holiday by wearing special team clothing over the weekend.

Queen's Day, or Koninginnedag as it is called in Dutch, is a day of celebration of the Dutch monarchy. Queen Juliana started the festival on the date of her birthday (30th April) and when Queen Beatrix succeeded the throne in 1980 she kept the same celebration date as the weather on her own birthday in January often prohibited outdoor festivities.

The team shirts are orange and feature the Dutch coat of arms and will be worn by all team personnel in the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team. These shirts have been provided by team sponsor and clothing manufacturer DayGas Krum.Hero.

"Race day at Assen is the day before Queen's Day, when most of the Dutch population will be wearing orange. I'm sure that the Dutch crowd in Assen will appreciate the team for wearing a very appropriate uniform on this special occasion!" said Leon Oosterhof, Racing Communications Manager at Yamaha Motor Europe's Racing Division.

In preparation for the weekend celebrations, staff and riders from the World Superbike and Supersport teams visited the Yamaha Motor Europe's head offices this week. During their two hour visit, Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga from the Superbike team along with Broc Parkes from the Supersport team answered questions from staff at Yamaha Motor Europe as well as signing shirts and memorabilia, prior to traveling to Assen for the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship. In addition, all employees were given one of the limited edition team shirts to proudly wear this weekend at the races.

Talking about the visit, Leon said, "There are many Yamaha Motor Europe employees that follow Yamaha's teams and riders in the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships. Many are passionate about racing and this was the perfect opportunity for them to meet the riders and teams in person and ask them questions. It was also nice for the teams to visit Yamaha's European headquarters and get an impression of all the activities and the atmosphere."

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , Broc Parkes , Troy Corser