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Inaugural Yamaha R7 SuperFinale Joins WorldSBK Barcelona Paddock with 27 Riders

000For the highly anticipated first-ever edition of the Yamaha R7 SuperFinale, 27 riders are set to battle it out on equal R7 machinery in support of the FIM Superbike World Championship round this weekend at the iconic Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

This weekend, the top riders from the national R7 Cups and Challenges across France, Germany, Italy and Spain will compete together in the first international event for Yamaha’s newest Supersport model.

Those fighting for overall honours include Argentina’s Matías Pérez, who raced in the Spanish R7 Cup this year, and Brazil’s Edson Barreto and Fabio Linares Delefrate. Eight French riders also make up the grid, as well as four from Germany, seven from Italy and five from Spain.001On Thursday, the riders will set-up and get ready for the weekend at the dedicated R7 SuperFinale Village, inside the WorldSBK paddock. After receiving their race equipment, the riders will join bLU cRU Rider Coach Lorenzo Alfonsi for a guided tour of the Spanish circuit at the same time as the WorldSBK riders.

They will have their first chance to get up to speed on their Yamaha R7 bikes during Friday’s 30-minute Free Practice session, before battling it out for grid positions in the 30-minute qualifier that afternoon. That will set the grid for both of Saturday’s races, offering 25 points in each with the overall winner earning a brand new Yamaha R7.

Riders will also have the chance to meet Yamaha’s WorldSBK riders, including Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, Andrea Locatelli, Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane, as well as visit the Pata Yamaha and GYTR GRT Yamaha pit boxes.

All races will be broadcast live on the big screens around the WorldSBK paddock, with video highlights available on the Yamaha Racing YouTube channel on Wednesday. Coverage will also be included on the Yamaha Racing social media channels and website.002

Paolo Pavesio

Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing and Motorsport Director

“It is really exciting to offer these riders an opportunity to race inside the WorldSBK paddock in the first global motorsports event for the Yamaha R7. It’s only the first year, but we have seen a huge amount of interest across all the national R7 Cups already, and the 27 SuperFinale participants further confirms the popularity of this new series. I think all of the riders will really enjoy the event, it’s a good opportunity for them, and also for Yamaha to showcase what a great Supersport bike the R7 is.”end bike test