Yamaha are celebrating their 50th year in motorcycle Grand Prix racing. As part of a series of ongoing activities to celebrate this landmark, Yamaha Factory Racing will run a special red-and-white livery at the Assen TT and Laguna Seca races this year. The YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition, with its special livery, will be ridden by both Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo. According to Yamaha, ‘The red and white livery design pays homage to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries of the past with a modern twist.’
‘I love these colours, they really have a historic significance. Read, Agostini, they all ran similar colour schemes when they won, so the opportunity to use it on the YZR-M1 is really nice. It’s a very special year for Yamaha and we hope that these colours will give us luck in these two races,’ says Lorenzo. ‘It’s a big year for Yamaha and my first with the Factory Team. To be able to run a special livery like that in Assen and also for my home race at Laguna is awesome. I think it’s going to look really good and I’m looking forward to everyone being able to see it,’ adds Spies.
‘I believe that the newly designed red and white livery not only recollects our brilliant memories of the past but also makes us feel the power to create new history. I believe it will be great fun for the fans and racing enthusiasts all over the world to see Jorge and Ben riding to win with this special YZR-M1,’ says Shigeto Kitagawa, President - Yamaha Motor Racing.
For more on Yamaha’s 50 years in motorcycle Grand Prix racing, visit the official website here
The red-and-white livery used on this year's special edition YZR-M1 is inspired by the same colours which have been used on Yamaha's racebikes for the last few decades
Yamaha UK have also created this 50th Anniversary-edition YZF-R1, with a special paintjob from Altamura and a set of Akrapovic pipes. Looks good, we think!