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Old 01-18-2016, 08:40 PM   #1
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Gallery: Pata Yamaha Team Shows Off New Look

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Yamaha makes its return to World Superbikes in 2016 with a mixture of youth and experience - (left to right) Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes.

While for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team it was a lot of same ol', same ol,' that definitely wasn't the case today for the unveiling of the Pata Yamaha World Superbike team. New team, new riders, new bike and a new challenge – the 2016 World Superbike Championship.

Yamaha returns to the championship after a four-year absence, and with that return they brought a new weapon – the YZF-R1M. In collaboration with the Crescent Racing team, Yamaha is fielding riders Alex Lowes and 2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli.

Here’s a look at the official team’s livery for 2016…

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It's a sort of homecoming for Lowes who won his 2013 British Superbike title on a Yamaha. Can the young Brit climb his way to the top of the World Championship on the new R1?

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As for Guintoli, the 2014 World Superbike champ hopes for a return to glory with the new team after a rough season on the Pata Honda.

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Yamaha returns to the championship in collaboration with Crescent Racing and title sponsors PATA.

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Yamaha won its first and only World Superbike title in 2009 with Ben Spies. The brand is eager to return with this new weapon that has racked up numerous wins in National Championships.

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Both Guintoli and Lowes were impressed with the potential of the R1 in early pre-season testing.

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Guintoli brings over 15 years experience in racing, with 45 podiums and 10 race wins in classes spanning 250cc, MotoGP, British Superbike and World Superbike.

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As for Lowes, this will be his third season with Crescent Racing in World Superbike.

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The 2016 season kicks off in Phillip Island, Australia on February 26. Can the Yamahas dethrone Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki?

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