Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team and Steven Odendaal conclude Misano test with good results

The Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team concluded today its two day of testing, with the first kilometres of testing with its new 2021 rider Steven Odendaal. Over the course of the two days the South African rider began to get to know the team better, while also getting to know the Yamaha YZF-R6 prepared by the reigning World Champion team. 

On the first day Odendaal made a number of short runs, gaining valuable information hour by hour and clocking up a total of 72 laps. 1'38"493 was Steven's best time, already faster than the last category position recorded at Misano in 2019. 

The second day opened with an important announcement. The World Champion team unveiled its livery for the 2021 season which, while remaining faithful to the colours that have accompanied the Ravenna-based team in recent seasons, primarily Bardahl yellow, features some interesting changes. The most obvious changes are to the upper part of the codon, which is enhanced by the presence of the South African flag in honour of Odendaal, and the lower part of the fairing, which features two stripes in blue and matt grey, recalling Yamaha's classic colours. 

Once on track for Day2 Odendaal collected 67 laps, alternating shorter and longer runs, and managed to improve his best time by about half a second, stopping the clock at 1'37"945. This was undoubtedly a positive and encouraging time and only half a second slower than the track record. The next appointment for the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team is scheduled for 29-30 March, when the Dorna tests will be held at the Barcelona circuit in preparation for the new season. 

Steven Odendaal: "I am very happy to have started my adventure with the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team. Right from the start I could see the professionalism of the whole team, and these two days of testing have definitely been positive. The bike has great potential, which we have to exploit step by step: both yesterday and today I learned a lot of things that will certainly help me to be faster and faster, improving also my lap time”. 

Fabio Evangelista (Team Principal): "Getting back on track after several months of inactivity has been a great pleasure, as well as very useful. I'm happy with how the two days went: we worked hard and well, and Steven managed to be fast straight away, even though he only started to get to know our bike yesterday. He has shown himself to be a brave and willing rider, qualities that will undoubtedly be very useful in the future. Now it's time to get ready for the Barcelona test, where we will continue our growth”.