ShopYamaha Replacing Active8 As Title Sponsor for 2021
In 2021, Yamaha Motor Australia’s headline off road team will be known as ShopYamaha Off Road Racing, with YMA’s online retail store taking up the naming rights branding with the highly successful team across multiple categories, battling through the mud and dirt.
The new racing banner marks a significant change for Yamaha’s off road team as after a decade working alongside Active8 Refrigeration, they have elected to stand down their major sponsorship of the team heading into 2021.
ShopYamaha Off Road Racing, Team Manager AJ Roberts, is more than thankful for their contribution not just to Yamaha and his team, but also the off road community in Australia.
“Active8 have been a major player in the success of our team over the past nine years and I want to publicly thank them for their years of support, passion and enthusiasm,” AJ begins. “They have been instrumental in the growth and development of this team and also played a big part in promoting off road racing in Australia. ”
“But, we are equally excited to have ShopYamaha on board as our naming rights partner for the 2021 season. With the expanding online demand for motorcycle parts and accessories, I believe we can be a great ally to ShopYamaha and help promote Yamaha’s on line retail space to a wider audience via our racing endeavours and directly to the end user in off road who are always in need of a wide range of OEM parts, GYTR parts and accessories as well as Yamalube oils.”
And while the name might have changed, the rider line up remains the same as Josh Green and Luke Styke continue their racing journey with the ShopYamaha Off Road Racing Team.
Green will again line up on the 450cc machine and contest the E2 class in the Australian Off Road Championships. Green is now a veteran of off road world but continues to produce results that show he is a championship contender. Despite the Covid interrupted season in 2020, Green again finished in the top three outright as well as second in class.
2021 will mark nine years for Green working alongside Roberts and the pairing is anything but stale. Together they have already put many of the building blocks in place for a successful season with testing and training going extremely well in the off season.
“Both Josh and Luke are seasoned professional racers and will be ready to go when the season rolls around. We have a long term relationship with both of them but as a team we continue to push boundaries in our search for success.
“We will soon announce our off road support programs but I’m happy to say Yamaha Australia have been able to maintain our off road presence despite some trying times in 2020. We will have a strong Yamaha contingent at the AORC and will be out to win as many championships as possible in 2021,” AJ ends.
To check out Yamaha’s online shop for parts and accessories, visit their website by clicking here.
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