Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
Haga returns to Yamaha for 2005


Yamaha has signed popular Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga to complete its line-up
for the 2005 Superbike World Championship season.

Haga will race a YZF-R1 for the Milan-based Yamaha Motor Italia team, reuniting
him with the brand on which he made his name in the late Nineties. The Japanese
ace was a Yamaha rider between 1994 and 2001 and during this period he won 11
world superbike races, taking a best championship finish of second in the 2000
season, Yamaha's last year of official participation in the series.

Last year Noriyuki rode a privately-entered Ducati to six wins and third in the
series, a result bettered only by the Italian manufacturer's factory entered

Haga will have his first experience of the R1 when he joins team-mate Andrew
Pitt in a three day test at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia later this
month. Pitt has already completed two tests with the R1, both at Valencia in
Spain, which Haga was unable to attend for contractual reasons.

In addition to Yamaha Motor Europe's officially-supported Italian squad, a
number of other long-standing Yamaha teams have announced their intention to
independently enter the 2005 Superbike World Championship using race-kitted
YZF-R1 machinery. Among the teams due to line-up on the grid this year are:
Yamaha Motor France, who will enter former Grand Prix riders Norifumi Abe and
Sebastien Gimbert; European Superstock Champions Lorenzini by Leoni, who are
running Italian rider Gianluca Vizziello; and reigning Endurance World Champions
Yamaha GMT94, who are intending to enter selected rounds with Spanish rider
David Checa.

Noriyuki Haga

"I'm looking forward to returning to Yamaha and turning the R1 into a winner! I
am on holiday with my family just now so I should be feeling good when I meet up
with the team for my first ride on the bike, at Phillip Island later this month.
I'm very happy to be staying in superbikes and joining this good team. As
everyone knows, I love this championship and I've also worked with many of my
mechanics before, and also the people at Yamaha Europe, so it will not feel all
new to me. It should be fun!"

Claudio Consonni - Racing Manager, Yamaha Motor Italia

"We're all very excited about Noriyuki joining us for this year. He is one of
the all-time greats of world superbike and a very popular rider. Already there
is a great spirit within the team after Andrew's valuable feedback and
performances in our early tests and now we're looking forward to getting out to
Australia for our first test with both riders."

Laurens Klein Koerkamp (Racing Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe)

"We're looking forward to working with Nori-chan again. His performances last
year showed that his is as fast as ever and he is also such a popular rider -
that is good for us, the championship and our fans.

"Andrew has already had two good tests but our bike is still an unknown quantity
at this level and we will be going to each circuit without a base set up. We
have set a target of being able to win races in the latter half of the season
and we believe that we will be able to challenge for the title in 2006."

Rider profiles

Noriyuki Haga

Date of birth: 02.03.1975
Place of birth: Aichi, Japan
Marital status: Married with two sons
Height: 168cm
Weight: 65kg

Career history

2004 Superbike World Championship (third)
2003 MotoGP World Championship (14th)
2002 Superbike World Championship (fourth)
2001 500cc World Championship (14th)
2000 Superbike World Championship (second)
1999 Superbike World Championship (seventh)
1998 Superbike World Championship (sixth)
1997 All Japan Superbike Champion
Superbike World Championship (13th)
1996 All Japan Superbike Championship (eighth)
Won Suzuki 8-Hour (with Colin Edwards)
1995 All Japan Superbike Championship (10th)
1994 All Japan Superbike Championship (ninth)
1993 All Japan 250cc Championship (13th)

Andrew Pitt

Date of birth: 19.02.1976
Place of birth: Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia
Resides: Douglas, Isle of Man
Marital status: Single
Height: 178cm
Weight: 65kg

Career history

2004 Supersport World Championship (12th)
MotoGP World Championship (27th) 
2003 MotoGP World Championship (26th)
2002 Supersport World Championship (fifth)
2001 Supersport World Champion
2000 Supersport World Championship (10th)
1999 Australian Supersport Champion
Australian Superbike Championship (second)
1998 Australian Supersport Championship (second)
1997 Victorian Supersport Champion
1996 Australian 250cc Production Championship (second)