As most of you know, the IJSBA World Finals came to an end this past weekend. Four of the five Pro Runabout categories were dominated by Yamahas. Over the event, Yamahas topped their classes in Pro Runabout Stock, Pro Runabout Limited, Pro Women’s Runabout, and Pro-Am Normally Aspirated.
Highlights for the event came from Brian Baldwin on his stock class FZR SVHO as well as well as Palomo Noceda, who was also atop a Yamaha FZR. They made their sponsors, friends, and family members proud as they won their respective classes.
In Pro Runabout stock, Yamahas swept the podium. Despite not qualifying very well, Brian Baldwin came out on top of the podium after getting third in moto 1 and a win in moto 2. Fellow Yamaha riders Abdullah Al-Fadhel and Aero Aswar took second and third places respectively.
The podium was split between the three major manufacturers in Pro Runabout Limited, but Yamaha rider Yousef Alabdulrazzaq ended up on top of the podium for the event. He dominated the field and got the win in both of his motos.
In Women’s Runabout, Paloma Noceda had an outstanding showing and took the win for the weekend. Another Yamaha racer, Shante Bukes, rounded off the podium in the number three position.
Yamaha Race Director Scott Watkins, very proud of the way the Yamaha riders and machines have performed, had a few words to say about this stellar showing:
“In 2009 when we introduced the FZ’s we decided to make a strong concerted effort to re-enter racing,” said Yamaha’s Race Director Scott Watkins. “This has been an effort over the last five years or so and it takes time to assemble the right people and products in order to put together a great team capable of winning the biggest races in the world.
“Seeing many racers transition to Yamaha in the last few years has been a thrilling experience for me. They know what they need to win. Winning many of the World titles at the World final in Lake Havasu is the icing on the cake to a very successful race season. Thank you to everyone involved in Yamaha racing. We plan to keep the momentum going for 2016.”