Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. (YMENV) has announced its team structure for the 2021 World Superbike Championship (WSBK).
All Japan Road Race Championship JSB1000 competitor Kohta Nozane has joined the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team. His teammate is Garrett Gerloff, who started his WSBK career this year.
Nozane has won all four races in the two competitions this season and is aiming for his first championship with two rounds remaining. Since 2017, as a factory rider, he has grown significantly through his experience, mainly in All-Japan, full participation in the World Endurance Championship, and development of our MotoGP machine, the YZR-M1.
Yamaha Motor has been supporting Nozane in the Youth Team and Factory Team, and will continue to do so in the WSBK as well. Both teams are aiming for further growth and success.
Garloff has continued his development with a third-place podium finish in Race 2 of Round 6 in Catalunya, and he will be aiming for even higher positions in 2021, his second year in the sport.
The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team will be joined by Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli, this year's World Supersport Champion.
Interview with Kohta Nozane
I knew that the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) would be the best place for me to develop further in the future, so I am very happy to have this opportunity and I can only thank Yamaha for their support.
WSBK will have the world's top riders, different tires from the current ones, and most of the courses will be new to us, so we are prepared for a tough battle. However, as a top Japanese rider, I have a lot of determination, and in order to live up to the expectations of Japanese fans and be recognized by fans around the world, I will position this as a year of competition from the start, and I will make sure I am ready to fight.
Also, GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team is a great team that Garrett Gerloff has been on the podium with this year. I'm looking forward to working with them to further develop myself. We are currently in the middle of the season in the All Japan Championship, and although I am leading the ranking in the JSB1000 class, my ideal is to challenge WSBK as a champion, so first I will concentrate on the two remaining events and do my best to win the title.
Original Source [ Yamaha Motor Co. ]