“Alex and I first became friends 5 years ago when I met him and his brother Sam at a bike show. During the middle of 2013 Alex asked me if I would manage him. I had been asked before by loads of other riders to manage them and my answer was always NO. I could never help anyone I didn’t believe in or I didn’t have the commitment I had when I raced. Alex was different! His ability and commitment is off the scale I have 100 % belief that he will become world champion one day. It’s my job to help him all I can. It’s an absolute pleasure to be involved on this exciting journey with Alex and the rest of the personal team.”
Niccolò Canepa was the first Italian to win an FIM Endurance World Championship after lifting the 2016/2017 title in just his second season with the GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team. The 2007 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Champion has also competed in the MotoGP World Championship, Moto2 World Championship, WorldSBK Championship, WorldSSP Championship, and the Superstock 600 European Championship and this season brings this wealth of experience to the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team
Canepa is also the Yamaha Motor Europe WorldSBK Test Rider and substituted for an injured Sylvain Guintoli for four races during the 2016 season, securing four top-ten finishes. He also filled-in for the injured Florian Marino in two races that season in the STK1000 European Championship, recording a podium (3rd) at Donington Park.
In 2018, Canepa made wildcard appearances for the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team, contesting both races at Donington Park and then Misano, where he scored points in both outings.
“Having worked with Alex for some length of time, I was delighted that he was winner of the British Superbike Championship in 2013, what I believe to be the first of many championships he will go on to win. We work through structured cardiovascular and strength training regimes which enable Alex to be fit and focused when on the bike, as a result not only will he improve physically but most importantly psychologically which in turn will help his focus throughout a race or test, the mental strength is gained not only through the physical work but most importantly by talking through different scenarios!! Alex has always been and continues to be a pleasure to work with.”