Yamaha has fired a shot at the organisers of the Australian Supercross Championship, withdrawing its factory-backed teams from this year’s series.
The Japanese bike-builder released a statement this week, saying Yamaha Motor Australia and its three factory-supported teams (CDR Yamaha, GYTR Yamaha and Serco Yamaha) will not be participating in the series “as it currently stands”.
“The lack of precise, confirmed information surrounding the organisation and promotion of the championship has led to this unfortunate position,” Yamaha said.
“This is not a decision Yamaha and its teams have taken lightly, but has resulted through our forced inability to plan and budget for events that cannot be confidently relied upon.”
Yamaha said the motivation to compete in the championship was still present, saying “[our] racing passion is undeniable”.
The team hasn’t closed the door on the series for good, saying that a re-think on the championship from its organisers could see Yamaha reconsider its position.
“Should the direction and the promotion of the Australian Supercross Championship change and a new series can provide a sound business plan for future stability and credibility for riders, teams and sponsors, Yamaha Australia may reassess its decision,” Yamaha said.
The 2014 Australian Supercross Championship is due to run over five rounds, starting in Darwin on September 20.