Andrea Locatelli Signs 2 year Extension with Yamaha
Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) has announced he will be staying with the team through 2025. The news comes shortly after current teammate Toprak Razgatlioglu announced he would be leaving the team for BMW in 2024.
In comments to WorldSBK.com Locatellia stated, “My objective was to continue with Yamaha, so I’m very happy to have signed for another two years. One of the best things about Yamaha is the people who believe in me, starting with Eric de Seynes, Paolo Pavesio and Andrea Dosoli, but also Riccardo Tisci and all the engineers and technicians who work so hard to give me the best bike possible. The same is true of the team. Since I arrived in WorldSBK I have enjoyed incredible support from Paul Denning and Andrew Pitt, and everyone involved in the project.
All together we have achieved some good results but, more importantly, we have walked side-by-side on a path that has allowed me to feel more and more confident,” continued a philosophical Locatelli. We still have room for improvement in many areas, but I truly believe that with such a good relationship we will grow stronger together. If consistency is key as they say, then I think that with this extension, we’ve laid the groundwork for a bright future.”
Further Comments from the Yamaha Side
Yamaha Motor Europe’s Road Racing Manager Andrea Dosoli added, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will continue for two more years with Andrea Locatelli, in line with Yamaha’s vision of nurturing talent and forging a long-term relationship with our riders. Our journey with Andrea started in 2020 when he dominated WorldSSP aboard our R6, but his performance in 2021 when we moved him up to WorldSBK was equally impressive, finishing the season fourth and as rookie of the year.
We have seen Andrea mature as a rider, continually progressing to the point where he is now one of the strongest in the Championship. He has shown himself to be capable of making informed technical decisions during testing, whilst his determination in the short races is matched by his intelligent management of the longer feature races. These are all good signs, and this is what convinced us that, together, we can make further steps and secure even better results in the future. On behalf of Yamaha, but also from me personally, I would like to thank Andrea for the trust he has shown in us.”
With one rider leaving and one staying put the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK team will be looking for a suitable replacement for Torpak Razgatlioglu. The only riders confirmed for the 2024 season are Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it), Toprak Razgatlioglu (BMW) and Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW).