YRT 2023 ASBK assault
With the primary official take a look at of season 2023 now solely 5 weeks away Yamaha Racing Group at present formally confirmed that their Australian Superbike rider line-up of Mike Jones and Cru Halliday will proceed with the staff via 2023 on board the Yamaha YZF-R1M.
Each riders return to YRT and look to proceed a successful mixture that noticed Yamaha win the Superbike championship final season.
Jones, the 2022 Australian Superbike Champion, will defend his primary plate with the identical successful mixture that noticed him land the crown in 2022. Jones, the R1M and the YRT crew gelled completely final season and after 4 spherical wins and two podiums, the 28-year- previous Queenslander gained the championship by a powerful 53 factors over his nearest rival.
The 2022 championship was Jones’ third in ASBK, however his want for extra exhibits no indicators of slowing down and he has continued to work laborious in preparation for the brand new season. With lower than two months between the ultimate spherical of 2022 and the primary take a look at of 2023, Jones has been laborious at it and able to go once more for one more championship marketing campaign.
“I believe had had a few week off after The Bend, spent a couple of days in Tasmania, then just about since then, I’ve been again to it and dealing in the direction of the brand new season,” Jones begins. “I do know that John, Kev, Dyllan, and the staff might be doing the work now getting issues organised for us, in order that conjures up me to work as laborious as them and be prepared for the primary lap in 2023.
“The transfer to YRT has been nice for me and to offer them their first championship is extraordinarily rewarding. The staff has labored laborious behind the scenes to make additional enhancements for 2023 and I used to be pleased to get again on board and signal for YRT once more.
“I stay up for the primary take a look at in the beginning of February and the chance to race at Sydney Motorsport Park this yr is thrilling. We now have an excellent vary of tracks for this yr, and I can’t wait to get issues beneath means,” Jones ends.
Cru Halliday is because of rack up lengthy service go away at Yamaha after agreeing to a different season with the Yamaha Racing Group. Halliday had an up and down season in 2022, beginning the yr strongly with two podiums within the opening three rounds, earlier than struggling in the midst of the season, however completed the yr displaying nice pace on the ultimate few rounds and continues to point out he’s a possible race winner each time he grids up.
Halliday has been a constant prime 5 performer over the previous few years however a change of personnel round him sees him enter the brand new season primed and able to go.
“YRT have made some modifications to get some totally different individuals round me and I’m excited to work with a brand new enthusiastic crew. I nonetheless have quite a bit to offer and but to achieve my peak so my objectives for 2023 are excessive. The bike has been nearly as good because it’s ever been and Mike has confirmed it’s able to successful on any monitor, at any time, so now its time to get the job finished on the monitor.
“I’ve raced my entire profession on Yamaha and its superior we’ve been capable of lengthen the connection one other season,” Halliday stated. “The season begins at Phillip Island after which we transfer to SMSP, so two tracks I’ve finished effectively at and revel in driving. 2023 might be an excellent yr and its time to step up and reward Yamaha and the staff with loads of podiums.”
The Yamaha Racing Group will spearhead one other big Yamaha presence in street racing, with two cup lessons in OJC-R15 and R3 Cup, in addition to vital rider help in 300cc and 600cc Supersport divisions.
Yamaha Australia proceed to a serious participant in supporting street racing each on and off the monitor with YRT and YRD supported riders successful practically $200,000 of Yamaha contingency in 2022, together with entry to inexpensive product and technical help obtainable to all Yamaha riders.
The identical ardour and dedication flows into the 2023 season with Yamaha nonetheless the selection of nearly all of Australian street racers at ASBK occasions.
The official ASBK take a look at will get underway on February 1 earlier than the opening spherical roars to life at Phillip Island in late February along with the WorldSBK occasion.
2023 ASBK Calendar
- Official ASBK Check Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW February 1-2
- Spherical 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 24-26
- Spherical 2 Sydney Motorsports Park, NSW March 24-25
- Spherical 3 Queensland Raceway, QLD April 28-30
- Spherical 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT June 16-18
- Spherical 5 TBC (presumably Mordan Park)
- Spherical 6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC October 27-29
- Spherical 7 The Bend Motorsport Park, SA December 1 – 3