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PATA Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team with Rizla

PATA Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team with Rizla


Motorcycle - FIM Superbike World Championship

Team: PATA Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team with Rizla

Discipline: Motorcycle - FIM Superbike World Championship

Team Bikes: YZF-R1

Principle: Paul Denning

Yamaha made its highly anticipated return to WorldSBK in 2016 after an absence of four years with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team with Rizla run by Crescent Racing. The team’s strategy is clear - to make full use of the all-new YZF-R1 to challenge for victory in the premier production FIM Superbike World Championship series. The Japanese marque’s impressive history in the championship, which includes its title-winning and record-breaking year with Ben Spies in 2009, combined with the stunning base specification of the YZF-R1 offers an unrivalled opportunity to campaign for victory honours.

Based in Dorset, on the South Coast of England, Crescent Racing has been competing in WorldSBK since 2012; with the previous 15 years spent in the British Championship - at Superbike, Supersport and Superstock levels. The team's manager, Paul Denning - once a racer himself - also spent seven years managing a MotoGP team in the sport's premier class. Highlights from the past 20 seasons include a spectacular year in 2004 - winning the British Superbike title with John Reynolds, as teammate Yukio Kagayama secured third in the championship - with two vice-championships and five other national titles claimed. Crescent has amassed 47 wins and 109 podiums in BSB alone, with a further 2 wins, 5 pole positions and 32 podiums on the world stage in MotoGP and WorldSBK competition so far.

The 2017 season saw the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - in just their second year back in the WorldSBK Championship – record six podiums with riders Alex Lowes (4) and Michael van der Mark (2) showing improvement throughout the season. Both riders return for the 2018 season to spearhead the team's assault on the title.

For our team to perform at the front of the grid, we need reliable products that not only make every tenth of a second count but also help us to present the Factory Yamaha R1 in the best possible light. With a market-leading, innovative range of motorcycle cleaning and detailing products now at our disposal, we look forward to taking Muc-Off with us around the world to challenge for podiums and, ultimately, victory, in the highly-competitive Superbike World Championship.

Paul Denning

Team Riders

Alex Lowes

Name: Alex Lowes

Country: United Kingdom

Date of Birth: 14/09/1990

Race Number: 22

Englishman Lowes has competed in WorldSBK with Crescent Racing, the company behind the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team since 2014, after claiming the British Superbike Championship in 2013 with 20 podiums, eight wins and six pole positions.

With raw speed, talent and determination clear to see, Alex was chosen to partner Yamaha to debut and develop the YZF-R1 in its comeback to WorldSBK in 2016. That year he also joined the Yamaha Factory Racing Team for the 39th Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race and helped claim the team’s second consecutive victory with a dominant display - a feat repeated in 2017 with teammate van der Mark and Japanese rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

Alex’s four podiums in WorldSBK during 2017, numerous fastest laps and unwavering commitment to development on and off the YZF-R1 set him up for great performance in 2018.

Michael van der Mark

Name: Michael van der Mark

Country: Netherlands

Date of Birth: 26/10/1992

Race Number: 60

Dutchman van der Mark has been something of a revelation on the global motorsport stage since 2011. Finishing third in the European Superstock 600 Championship in his debut year, Michael became champion in just his second season in 2012. A pattern he repeated as his career progressed, 2014 saw him become World Supersport Champion alongside claiming his second victory at the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.

Since joining the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team at the beginning of 2017, Michael has continued to display the same natural pace and determination to win that delivered him early success.

Together with Alex, the team has created the series’ youngest and most exciting-to-watch rider pairing in recent years as they strive to secure WorldSBK success for Yamaha in 2018.

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