World Superbike - round 5 get ready

The World Superbike Championship goes to Assen this weekend and with Queen’s Day falling on the Monday after the race the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team will be celebrating this Dutch national holiday by wearing special team clothing over the weekend. James Toseland (Honda) has scored an impressive four wins during his 2007 championship campaign so far and this rich seam of form has ensured that he has led the world championship since the end of the first round in Qatar. He is now 13 points in front of Max Biaggi, 27 ahead of Noriyuki Haga and 50 up on Troy Corser.

Queen’s Day, or Koninginnedag as it is called in Dutch, is a day of celebration of the Dutch monarchy. Queen Juliana started the festival on the date of her birthday (30th April) and when Queen Beatrix succeeded the throne in 1980 she kept the same celebration date as the weather on her own birthday in January often prohibited outdoor festivities.

The team shirts are orange and feature the Dutch coat of arms and will be worn by all team personnel in the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team. These shirts have been provided by team sponsor and clothing manufacturer DayGas Krum.Hero.

“Race day at Assen is the day before Queen’s Day, when most of the Dutch population will be wearing orange. I’m sure that the Dutch crowd in Assen will appreciate the team for wearing a very appropriate uniform on this special occasion!” said Leon Oosterhof, Racing Communications Manager at Yamaha Motor Europe’s Racing Division.

In preparation for the weekend celebrations, staff and riders from the World Superbike and Supersport teams visited the Yamaha Motor Europe’s head offices this week. During their two hour visit, Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga from the Superbike team along with Broc Parkes from the Supersport team answered questions from staff at Yamaha Motor Europe as well as signing shirts and memorabilia, prior to traveling to Assen for the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship. In addition, all employees were given one of the limited edition team shirts to proudly wear this weekend at the races.

Talking about the visit, Leon said, “There are many Yamaha Motor Europe employees that follow Yamaha’s teams and riders in the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships. Many are passionate about racing and this was the perfect opportunity for them to meet the riders and teams in person and ask them questions. It was also nice for the teams to visit Yamaha's European headquarters and get an impression of all the activities and the atmosphere.”

James Toseland, the 2004 World Superbike champion is ready for his team’s home race, and given the fact that previous incarnations of the CBR1000RR have won three races at Assen - and Toseland himself has won an SBK race at this venue in 2004 - the Englishman has many reasons to consider the frequently-updated track to be one laden with opportunities.

Toseland can count on a doubly strong base of support at Assen. First of all the Dutch fans who will be cheering on all Ten Kate riders, and then the many British fans who make an annual pilgrimage to the classic venue in the van Drenthe region of the Netherlands.

“So far we've won a race at every round so I'm hoping to keep this going at Assen,” said Toseland on the eve of race weekend. “It's more or less like a home round for me with all the British fans that come over, and of course it's the home race for the team, so it should be a good one. I'm really looking forward to the racing and hopefully I can keep, and extend, my championship lead.”

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