Yamaha unveils bike for WSBK return

Yamaha has taken the covers off the bike it will contest this year's World Superbike championship with as a factory team for the first time in five years.

Having pulled out of WSBK at the end of the 2011 season, Yamaha announced its works return to the series last September as part of a tie-up with Crescent Racing.

The team signed 2014 champion Sylvain Guintoli and former British Superbike champion Alex Lowes to race its pair of YZF-R1s.

Both men were in testing action over the winter using a black-and-white test livery, but Yamaha revealed its predominantly dark blue 2016 race livery in a launch event in Barcelona on Monday.

Speaking to Motorsport.com last month, Guintoli was bullish about the team's prospects of being competitive from the start, while defending World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea also expects the Anglo-Japanese squad to be a threat to his Kawasaki team.

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Series World Superbike
Event 2016 Yamaha WSBK unveil
Drivers Sylvain Guintoli , Alex Lowes
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Article type Breaking news