What can be better than having few of the best production motorcycles that went racing come together to celebrate the passion of motorcycling and of speed, and to form a Superbike Temple that is high on nostalgia, history and legends! Yamaha is doing just that and as we speak Yamaha has brought together its unique collection of superbikes that have participated at the FIM Superbike World Championship over the years and these are on display at the ongoing 5th round of the 2016 FIM World Superbike Championship. The collection opened to the public on Thursday 28th April and will be up until Sunday 1st May during the Imola race weekend. The collection was unveiled by Pata Yamaha Official World SBK riders Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli at a private event on Wednesday 27th April.
The Yamaha Superbike Temple collection consists of Yamaha’ history with the racing class that started in 1988 when Italian rider Fabrizio Pirovano claimed the runner’s up position in the rider standings with the legendary Yamaha FZ750 OW-01, it was WSBK’s first ever season too. In 1998, Japanese Rider, Noriyuki Haga began his first full season aboard a World SBK Yamaha, Haga became the Japanese most consistent and successful rider by completing seven seasons on Yamaha’s machinery such as the FZ750 (1998), YZF-R7 (1999/2000) and YZF-R1 (2005/2006/2007/2008). In his seven seasons, Haga finished top three in 5 championships. However, it was only in 2009, the Yamaha YZF-R1 WSBK racing machine showed total domination with its rider Ben Spies, who won 14 races, three further podiums along with four top five results to win the championship that had 28 races. The Ben Spies title was even more applaud-able for the fact that Spies won despite having never ridden in the series and on most of the tracks before.
Yamaha Superbike Temple, which is being showcased, is a part of the huge Moto Poggi Collection which is the world’s largest private collections of Yamaha machinery, housing over 60 of the most iconic motorcycles of its racing history and is based in Villanova di Castenaso just outside Bologna, in Italy. As per Yamaha, this Yamaha Superbike Temple is a dedication to Yamaha’s World SBK effort and has on display the racing machines from 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.
We wished we could have been there at Imola circuit right now and feast our eyes at this Yamaha Superbike Temple. We would like to see your views on this.