YAMAHA CHANGE EV­ERY­THING IN BOLD BID TO WIN

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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’

MICHELE GADA

An­drea Dosoli means busi­ness

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