Yamaha Extends MotoGP Commitment to 2026

Press Release | February 15, 2021

Yamaha announced on Monday they will remain in Moto GP until 2026 as they presented their team for the coming season. Spaniard Maverick Vinales, 26, will race alongside French 21-year-old Fabio Quartararo for his debut season with the factory set-up as seven-time champion Valentino Rossi joins satellite Petronas SRT Yamaha team.

Yamaha MotoGP racebikes

This is a press release from Yamaha…

Gerno di Lesmo, Italy (February 15, 2021) – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. are pleased to announce that they have signed a contract with commercial rights holder and series promoter Dorna Sports S.L. to continue their participation in the MotoGP World Championship for a further five years, from 2022 to 2026.

The news was officially confirmed by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Principal & Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis during today’s post-Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Launch media debrief.

Maverick Viñales
Maverick c
Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Yamaha started its World Grand Prix racing endeavors in 1961, making this season the Japanese manufacturer‘s 60th anniversary. Throughout their contest in MotoGP, Yamaha has secured a total of 511 Grand Prix wins, 38 Rider World Titles, 37 Manufacturer World Titles and 5 Triple Crowns.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Racing Srl take this moment to collectively express their gratitude to Dorna Sports S.L. CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta as well as all Dorna MotoGP management and staff for their hard work and unflagging motivation that contribute to making MotoGP the pinnacle of motorcycle racing.

Toyoshi Nishida
Toyoshi Nishida | Executive Officer, Yamaha Motor Co., LTD

“First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Carmelo Ezpeleta and Dorna, as well as all of the Yamaha personnel who made our successful run at the highest level of motorcycle racing possible. At Yamaha we take great pride in taking part in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. We are all very pleased that we can confirm the contract renewal for a further five years at the start of an important season for our company. Yamaha started competing in World Grand Prix racing in 1961. Sixty years on, Yamaha’s passion for motorcycle racing and eagerness to take on a challenge remains unchanged. MotoGP makes up a large part of Yamaha’s DNA. The premier class’ cutting-edge technology will continue to make their way to Yamaha street bikes, bringing customers’ motorcycle and motorsport fantasies to life on and off-track, giving them the feeling of Kando*. At the same time, I think the coming five years of collaborating with Dorna and the other MotoGP manufacturers will be very important for the future. We want to keep the excitement of MotoGP racing while at the same time making it more sustainable and appealing to a wider public. We thank all Yamaha fans for their continuous support, and we look forward to bringing them even more exciting and precious memories in the future.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta
Carmelo Ezpeleta | CEO, Dorna Sports

“First of all, I would like to thank Nishida-san and all the members of Yamaha for the long-term collaboration during all these years. At Dorna we are pleased to be a part of the culmination of this partnership by extending our agreement with Yamaha. We are eager to witness this new chapter of the iconic Japanese manufacturer celebrating its 60th anniversary in the racing scene, a factory that has always shown a great commitment with the MotoGP World Championship and whose future will see many other exciting challenges to be enjoyed together in these upcoming years.”

VIDEO | Yamaha 2021 Online Team Launch

* ­Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.

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