It has been announced today that GSE Racing have signed a deal with Yamaha Motor UK to compete in the British Superbike Championship from 2009.
GSE Racing will run the new YZF-R1 with full support from the Yamaha factory directly. The team manager Colin Wright said,
“We are very excited about the new association with Yamaha, this represents a new challenge for the team but as ever we intend to be competing for the British Superbike Championship from the start.”
The GSE team are currently running with the Ducati in the 2008 championship and the Team Principal Darrell Healey said,
“We have had an excellent relationship Ducati over the years, winning 3 British Superbike Championships and achieving numerous successes in the World Superbike arena. I’d like to thank them on behalf of the entire team for their support. We are, however, extremely pleased to be entering into this new agreement with Yamaha, and to be involved in directly developing the new YZF-R1. This arrangement will see the start of a new era in superbike racing for GSE.”
Yamaha Managing Director Andrew Smith said,
“We are delighted to be partnering GSE Racing, the UK’s most successful race team, and together I am confident we can successfully build a long term relationship both on and off the race track.”