Kevin Curtain and Rick Olson are the Yamaha Racing with Ipone Team
Mike Jones and Cru Halliday make up the Yamaha Racing with Yamalube Team

YRT Reveals 2012 Racing Partners

6 Mar 2012

Yamaha’s official Australian road racing outfit, YRT, can now announce the racing partners of their two race teams in 2012 to contest the Australasian FX Superbike Championship.

French oil and solvent company IPONE will sponsor Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) members Kevin Curtain and Rick Olson forming the Yamaha Racing with Ipone team, while Yamaha’s own Yamalube will sponsor Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) members Mike Jones and Cru Halliday in the Yamaha Racing with Yamalube team.

Both teams will have their own independent team transporter, creating an imposing presence for Yamaha and its team sponsors.

IPONE is a French based oil manufacturing company formed in 1985. Their entire product range is specifically designed and purpose built for motorcycles only and includes over 150 specialised products. Ipone will be distributed in Australia by Ficeda Accessories and is due to be released in the Australian market in late April.

Ipone has been the official supplier of lubricants for Yamaha France for the past 15 years, including sponsoring all of their racing efforts.

Ficedas’ Managing Director, Matt Dowd, believes the partnership with YRT is the perfect platform to announce and promote this new and exciting Ipone range.

“When we secured the exclusive distribution of Ipone, one of our first goals was to find a way to promote and also prove the product’s quality to the Australian motorcycling public.

“Racing is the perfect environment to showcase these products under extreme conditions and Ficeda is only too happy to put the Ipone range under the spotlight in Australia’s premier racing event.
“We look forward to a successful relationship with John Redding and the YRT outfit and are extremely confident the team will again produce great results in 2012,” Dowd finishes.

Yamaha’s own in house range of lubes, Yamalube, quickly jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the newly formed team and secured the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team partnership. The Yamalube range is developed by Yamaha technicians and available throughout the Yamaha dealer network, Australia wide.

“We have always been a big supporter of racing in Australia,” states Yamaha Genuine Parts & Accessories Marketing Manager, Greg Haring.

“The Yamalube range is full of quality oils and lubricates and the chance to work with an established road race team such as YRT and its talented riders made the decision easy. It perfectly compliments our Yamalube Motorsport support in both motocross with Craig Dack Racing, and the two Yamalube backed off-road teams in Ballards Racing and the new Active8 Yamalube Yamaha teams."

"With such strong Yamaha / Yamalube backed race teams, I believe we are in for a great year,” Haring ends.

Yamaha Racing with Ipone Team
Riders: Kevin Curtain (R6 / R1) / Rick Olson (R6)

Yamaha Racing with Yamalube Team
Riders: Mike Jones (R6) / Cru Halliday (R1)

The 2012 season gets under way for both teams at Sydney’s Eastern Creek, March 16 to 18.

Keith Muir
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