This year Yamaha celebrates its 50th anniversary of World Championship Grand
Prix racing. As part of a series of ongoing activities to mark this
historic season the Yamaha Factory Racing team will run a special paint scheme for the Assen and Laguna Seca rounds.
The ‘YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition’ will be unveiled by riders
Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies at a special event on June 22, close to
the Assen circuit (Netherlands). The unique red and white livery design pays homage
to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries of the past with a modern
twist, and as well as being sported by Lorenzo and Spies on their
respective machines the colors will also appear on all Yamaha staff
and team crew as well as the Yamaha Factory Racing team’s pit box.
A special 50th Anniversary logo is also being used this season. The
logo is proudly displayed on the 2011 YZR-M1 fuel tank, on all Yamaha
Factory Racing Team uniforms, within the pit garage of the riders and also on the Yamaha Factory Racing trucks.
A special website
is also celebrating the 50th anniversary, with an impressive archive
tracking the history of Yamaha’s involvement with racing along with
detailed historical information. Throughout the season the site will be
regularly updated with columns and videos along with exclusive messages
and interviews of key people involved in the World Championship Grand
Prix racing story of Yamaha.