To celebrate Yamaha’s 60th anniversary at the World Speed Grand Prix, tester Cal Crutchlow will sport the iconic white and red colors on his YZR-M1 during the Official MotoGP Test held at the Losail circuit in Qatar.
The colors white and red were chosen to commemorate Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.’s first participation in Grand Prix racing, and to pay tribute to the great Yamaha riders of the past and present.
In honor of 60 years of World Cup racing, Yamaha will organize various activities and initiatives throughout the 2021 season to celebrate this important milestone.
Hiroshi Ito, General Manager of the Motorsports Division, explains that “we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our fans, sponsors and suppliers for their continued passion and support, and to the many drivers and predecessors who worked so hard to to achieve incredible achievements together during our 60 years of participation in the World Championship ”.
“Since last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has raged and greatly affected the world. The situation is still serious. Against this backdrop, in February this year we announced that we will continue to participate in the World Championship for another five years, from 2022 to 2026. The 60th anniversary of participation in the World Championship with the special design of the YZR-M1 means something more. than a milestone and a look at the steps our forerunners took. It is a sign of our determination to have an unmatched passion, to believe in the power of motorsport and to bring excitement to the world. “
The Yamaha Motor Company history in the World Championship began in 1961, when a Yamaha team of five riders, including Fumio Ito and Taneharu Nogushi, flew to Europe together with the RD48 250cc inline two-cylinder motorcycle. and the single cylinder of 125 c.c. RA41 to compete in the French Grand Prix, the third race of that season.