YAMAHA CHANGE EVERYTHING IN BOLD BID TO WIN
After scoring only a single podium in 2016 it is clear Yamaha had underestimated the task of winning in World Superbike following their four-year absence from the series.
However, it seems that this is no longer the case. A revamp of PATA Yamaha’s overall strategy sees a new technical base in Italy, where all engineering advances and man management are under the control of Yamaha race boss Andrea Dosoli.
This new strategy also sees the introduction of former works Ducati and BMW electronics guru, Michele Gada, who joins the team to coordinate technical efforts.
“There is no component the same as last year, we have re-designed all the things on the bike that we can change – the chassis, the bodywork, every small bracket and detail is different,” Gada told MCN. “The electronics have also changed, we re-tuned the strategy inside and it is a big job and still ongoing.”
Yamaha retain Alex Lowes for their 2017 campaign, but he is joined by Dutchman Michael van der Mark.
While both riders are yet to achieve their first WSB win, the PATA Yamaha squad are hoping they stand a much better chance with the revisions made for the year ahead.
“We’ve kept the same electronic software as last year, with a small modification, but there is a big development in every single strategy calibration,” Gadda explained. “It is important to find out the best tuning of traction control, throttle delivery and so on to allow the tyre, especially the rear, to work as much as possible and last for the race.” MCN says: This year’s Yamaha riders are both fast enough to win races and with a heavily revised team structure and fast-developing bike they could now have the package to do just that. But bridging the gap to the full factory teams of Kawasaki and Ducati over a whole season won’t be easy and it will take something special from the riders.
‘ There is no component the same as 2016 – it is all redesigned’
Andrea Dosoli means business