Yamaha Marks 50th Year of Road Racing

Yamaha enters a huge milestone as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in road racing this year. Exciting events and a series of celebrations mark Yamaha’s landmark year in MotoGP World Championship, having first entered the racing season at the French Grand Prix in 1961.

To commemorate their 50th year, Yamaha designed a special anniversary logo using their corporate colors. Yamaha uniforms and racing vehicles will carry the milestone logo. Fans can also log on to a dedicated website, 50th Year of Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, to view a historical archive showcasing Yamaha’s involvement in the world of racing. Interviews and messages, along with columns and videos, will be posted in the website during the course of the season.



Fans should prepare themselves for a trip back in time with Yamaha’s special demonstration run of their historically popular machines at Motegi and Assen. Legendary Yamaha motors like the 1974 YZR-500 (OW20), the company’s first 500cc factory bike, and the 1978 YZR-500 (OW35K), Kenny Roberts’ three-time champion motorcycle, will get back on track and show the world Yamaha’s racing history. Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will be given the special opportunity to have the Yamaha 50th Anniversary livery design on their YZR-M1 race bikes.

A few words from the Yamaha President and CEO Hiroyuki Yanagi: “These 50 years of continued challenge at the top level of the sport would not have been possible without the support of the fans, our suppliers and sponsors and the race organizers. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to everyone for this.”