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Raceways Yamaha announces plans to scale back BSB and racing commitments

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Jason O'Halloran leads Tito Rabat, McAMS Yamaha, Raceways, Yamaha R1, 2023 BSB, Snetterton, action, group, start [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

The title-winning Raceways team - better known as McAMS Yamaha - has confirmed it will be scaling down its racing operations at the end of the 2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] season.

A mainstay of the BSB paddock over the last three decades, Raceways has steadily built a comprehensive list of accolades during that time with success achieved in British Superbike, British Supersport and in road racing under various guises.

Its most successful era, however, has come in the last few years since it was nominated as Yamaha UK’s official factory partner in 2017.


It led to a period of domination in 2021 with the combination of Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie collecting 21 wins between them, with the latter clinching its first riders’ title.

Though the team doesn’t explicitly say it will withdraw from racing altogether and states it will continue to support various Yamaha customer teams, it intimates the team will otherwise depart the BSB at the end of the year. 

“It will be the end of the era when the garage doors come down on the McAMS Yamaha team for the final time at Brands Hatch in October,” said team principal Steve Rodgers.. 

“Many of the staff and sponsors within this team have been with us since the early years and in that time it’s become like a family.

“It’s rare to have that loyalty, especially from a title sponsor with McAMS having been with us from the start of the journey in 2017 to the end in 2023. However, all good things must come to an end and together, we feel now is the right time.

Tarran Mackenzie wins the 2021 British Superbike Championship [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

“I have been involved in motorcycle racing for over 30 years and some of the best and most cherished memories of that time have been formed in the last seven years with the McAMS Yamaha team, including the highlight of our time in racing winning the British Championship with Tarran in 2021.

“We have to sincerely thank everyone who’s helped us over the years, not least our loyal sponsors but also Yamaha Motor UK for trusting us to represent their brand at the highest level of racing in the UK and of course, every single member of staff who has worked for the team in this team.

“However, it’s not over yet and we remain committed to fighting for victories for the remainder of the season to end our story on a high.”  

Raceways’ exit appears to pave the way for OMG Racing - champions in 2022 - to take on the mantle as Yamaha’s official factory-backed BSB entry.

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