ParkinGO switch to Yamaha for 2021, Gonzalez stays with team

Thursday, 26 November 2020 11:05 GMT

After taking Manuel Gonzalez to the 2019 WorldSSP300 title and a strong 2020 WorldSSP campaign with Kawasaki machinery, ParkinGO will switch to Yamaha for 2021

After a strong debut FIM Supersport World Championship campaign, Manuel Gonzalez (ParkinGO Yamaha) will face an extra challenge for his 2021 season as the team will switch from Kawasaki to Yamaha machinery while the 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion will remain with the team that he became World Champion with in 2019 as the partnership looks to continue the success it has had so far.

The ParkinGO team ran with Yamaha machinery in 2011 when they competed with Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Giuliano Rovelli; Davies going on to win the WorldSSP title with the team that year. Now, they will look to rekindle that success in WorldSSP by linking up with Yamaha once again.

Andrea Dosoli, Yamaha Road Racing Manager, said: "We’re pleased to welcome back Manuel Gonzalez and ParkinGO to our family. We had a successful partnership with Edoardo’s team a few years ago, as we still remember the WorldSSP title with Chaz Davies. Their professionalism, passion, and commitment to discovering and helping young talented riders is strongly aligned with the values of our bLU cRU racing programme. Manuel, despite his young age, has shown not only amazing speed but also racing maturity and a winning mentality that will allow him to achieve further great results. He and the team can count on our full support to make this dream come true."

18-year-old Gonzalez enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in 2020 as he had a consistent season where he did not finish outside the top ten in all 15 races. While his first WorldSSP podium eluded him, he showed strong pace all season and with his experience of the category now in the bag, Gonzalez will be hoping it won’t be long before he stands on the podium.

Gonzalez said: "With this agreement the 2021 season is set to be very interesting. I would like to thank Yamaha for the interest shown and for having chosen me as a supported rider together with the ParkinGO team. I have been working for 2 years with the team now and I have won the World Championship in 2019. Thanks to the many sacrifices and the work that we have done until now and that we will carry out in 2021 we will be able to aim for the best. Now I can't wait to test the new Yamaha R6 on the track during the winter tests.

Edoardo Rovelli, Team Manager of ParkinGO Yamaha added: "ParkinGO Team is excited to be part of this project because we will be working closely with Yamaha. We have vivid memories of this partnership that led us to win the World Championship with Chaz Davies in 2011. With a strong and determined rider like Manuel Gonzalez, the professionals who are part of our team, the support of Yamaha and all our historical technical partners we can go back to fighting for the Title".

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