Yamaha is celebrating its 50th year in the Road Racing World Championship with special livery for the Dutch TT in Assen, Holland and the Red Bull USGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.The‘YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition’ is a throwback to the red and white paint jobs used in the past.
The team has run special livery at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as far back as 2005, when Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards ran Yamaha’s yellow and black “bumblebee” livery.The team is also using a special 50th Anniversary logo this season. The logo is on the 2011 YZR-M1 fuel tank, all Yamaha Factory Racing Team uniforms, within the pit garage of riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies and also on the Yamaha Factory Racing trucks.
The Yamaha World GP 50th Anniversary is also celebrated online with a special dedicated website www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/race/wgp-50th/ (English).
The website features 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.