Yamaha's racing legacy in this production based racing class stretches back to World SBK's introduction in 1988 - when Italian Fabrizio Pirovano claimed the runner's up position in the rider standings with the legendary Yamaha FZ750 OW-01, during the championship's first season. Exactly 10 years later Noriyuki Haga began his first full season aboard a World SBK Yamaha - the Japanese rider would go on to be one of the manufacturer's most consistent and successful riders, completing seven seasons on a seven seasons on FZ750 (1998), YZF-R7 (1999/2000) and YZF-R1 (2005/2006/2007/2008), five of which he finished in the top three. 2009 witnessed the YZF-R1's total domination of the World Superbike Championship at the hands of American Ben Spies. With 14 wins, three further podiums and four top-five finishes for the year's 28 races, Spies took the title having never ridden in the series or on many of its circuits before.
Yamaha will present the 'Superbike Temple', a unique exhibition dedicated to the legendary WSBK bikes from the past, within the amazing Moto Poggi Collection. Located in Villanova di Castenaso just outside Bologna, in Italy, the Moto Poggi Collection is one of the world's largest private collections of Yamaha machinery, housing over 60 of the most iconic motorcycles of its racing history. The new Yamaha Superbike Temple is a dedicated World SBK exhibit within the collection, showcasing motorcycles raced across the last 29 years by, among others, Pirovano, Haga, Cal Crutchlow and Marco Melandri. Spies' 2009 title winning YZF-R1 will be on display alongside the latest 2016 models raced by Lowes and Guintoli, before the current duo can be seen in action at Imola the following weekend.
Pata Yamaha Official World SBK riders Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli will open the exhibition at a private event on Wednesday 27th April, as legends from the championship gather with invited guests to celebrate the occasion.
The collection will be open to the public from Thursday 28th April until Sunday 1st May from 03:30 PM-07:00 PM, in conjunction with the fifth round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.
Imagery and details of the launch will be released on the Yamaha Racing website and social media channels on Thursday 28th April.