Better a 2 year old Yamaha then a 5 year old Triumph. And I think the stats speak for themselves. As much as I love my Triumph the R6 is a more competitive bike. Also the article states that they are on a Factory ride.
I also don't think the riders got screwed at all, Triumph screwed the pooch if you ask me. Again, love my Triumph but I think Chaz will do better on the Yamaha. Time will tell and we'll have to follow what happens through out the season.
Read it more carefully. They are getting two year old
former-factory Yamaha's; Yamaha is still not involved in WSS, so no factory support was my point.
When I say they got screwed, I really mean several things:
1) The riders didn't have a choice of machinery.
2) All the work they've done on their training and riding style to make the Trumpet go fast, will have to be reworked.
3) All the work the team had done, to make the Trumpet go fast, will have to be reworked on the Yamaha's.
4) The development of the Yamaha's will have to start from scratch.
5) The team will get precious little testing and development time, since the decision was made so late in the off season; they're starting behind the 8 ball.
I'm not debating the older tech of the Trumpet, or the competitiveness of the Yamaha; but it's gonna be tougher going from brand new model (the article talks about the 675R's) Trumpets, even though they are long in the tooth, vs. two year old, used Yamaha's; especially with such short training, testing and development time.
By the way, I'm not poo-pooing the BE1 team at all, and I'm confident Chaz will adapt and overcome; everyone may be right, and he may even do better. I'm more pissed at Triumph for not getting a clue on how this class is there's to own, if they'd put some backing into it. It's their only niche, and none of the other factories are really trying, so they have a chance; but, alas, they've crapped that all away now.
Note, the Suriano Racing team doesn't get cool new 675R's that "Triumph was looking forward to fielding with BE1"; oh no, they get BE1's used bikes from last year...