Yamaha has unveiled a new livery for MotoGP celebration their 50th anniversary of World Championship Grand Prix Racing. The special livery, ‘YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition’, will be raced in the Assen TT and the Laguna Seca races. The livery will be officially launched by Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies at a special event on Wednesday 22nd June close to the Assen circuit.
The red and white design pays homage to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries and the colours will also appear on all Yamaha staff and team crew as well as on the teams pit box.
Jorge Lorenzo says: “I love these colours, they really have a historic significance. Read, Agostini, they all ran very 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 tese colours will give us luck in these two races.”
Ben Spies adds: “I’m really excited about running with these colours. 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.”
In addition to the new livery the anniversary is also celebrated online with a special dedicated website: http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/race/wgp-50th/
The website will feature an archive tracking the history of Yamaha’s involvement with racing along with detailed historical information. The website will be updated during the season with columns and videos along with exclusive messagens and interviews.
Öhlins Racing wishes Yamaha and Yamaha Racing a happy anniversary.