Yamaha 2011 World Superbike Team Livery Unveiled

The latest team to unveil their livery for the upcoming World Superbike season is the Yamaha World Superbike Team. There are no striking visual elements, as the new design features a Yamaha blue corporate racing colour scheme.

“The livery takes its inspiration from both the famous Yamaha speed block design and also one of the colours of the current production model YZF-R1, giving the bike a modern sleek appearance whilst emphasizing Yamaha’s racing image,”
a company statement reads.

The team features an all new rider line up for the 2011 championship with 28-year-old Italian rider Marco Melandri, a previous 250cc World Champion.

Melandri has made the switch to World Superbikes for the 2011 campaign, his first in career, replacing British rider Cal Crutchlow, who was promoted by the Japanese company to MotoGP, in the Tech 3 lineup.

The Italian will partner with the 24-year-old rider Eugene Laverty from Northern Ireland who steps up from the World Supersport Championship. The new livery will also feature prominently on the leathers of both riders, as you can see in the adjacent images.

In late January, Melandri and Laverty have put their 2011 YZF-R1 race bike through its paces during the first World Superbike test of the 2011 season at Portimao. The team has then conducted successful evaluations included confirming the different weight distribution of the bike, updated electronics and performance running with the new 2011 FIM regulations that include standard fuel injectors, standard fuel regulator and standard fuel pump. The 2011 bike also features a small increase in horsepower.

The team continues its winter testing schedule on February 21 and 22 at the Phillip Island circuit in advance of the opening round of the championship in Australia on February 27.
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