Yamaha celebrates 60 years of Grand Prix racing with retro paintwork and speedboat – Auto-Motor

Racing has been an integral part of Yamaha’s DNA since the day the factory was founded on July 1, 1955, as on July 10, the YA-1 machine had already won the Mount Fuji Ascent Race. The first international competition took place in 1958 in Catalina, USA, and the first World Championship Grand Prix was the 1961 race in France, where the 250cc RD48 race engine was launched. Barely two years after Yamaha’s debut GP, Fumio Ito won the brand’s first GP victory at the Belgian Grand Prix with the RD56, and the company has been looking ahead ever since.

In 1964, Yamaha won its first world title as well as its first constructor title thanks to Phil Read in the 250cc category, the first of many wins in that decade. It was the beginning of an incredible journey for those involved in the company’s racing program, and over the past 60 years, Yamaha has paved itself up as one of the most successful manufacturers with more than 500 Grand Prix victories, 38 riders, 37 constructors and 7 team championship titles.


In 1964, the race department unveiled the 250cc Grand Prix race car, which was given a new white cover with a solid red stripe and red front fender. That proved to be a good omen, and factory pilot Phil Read won Yamaha’s first world title. This bold, simple and dynamic red-and-white color scheme soon became an instantly recognizable trademark of Yamaha in Grand Prix street racing and was the forerunner of Yamaha’s acceleration block: arguably the most famous and popular color scheme ever featured on a race engine.

The white casing with the red speedometer quickly became the dominant color scheme for Yamaha racing cars in Europe over the next two decades, all the way to the Rainey and Lawson era. The recently unveiled factory M1 has sparked incredible reactions from the public as the colors of the special 60th Anniversary speed block prove it is one of the company’s most uplifting color combinations, popular with motorcyclists and fans of all ages. The simple, dynamic, timeless and instantly recognizable speed block will forever be linked to Yamaha and its highly successful GP campaigns from a special era in the company’s history.

Like Yamaha’s famous World Championship-winning machines, the World GP 60th Anniversary R1, R7, R3 and R125 models feature a pure white body with a strong horizontal red stripe and white vertical lines that make up the red speed block. This authentic racing engine color scheme, like Yamaha’s winning factory engines, features a completely red front fender and gold wheels, and this timeless look is completed by a yellow front license plate, an anniversary logo, and a red stripe running across the top and tail of the fuel tank.

Since Yamaha’s GP1 debut in 1961, the company has won more than 500 grand prize wins with legendary riders such as Read, Ivy, Saarinen, Agostini, Roberts, Lawson, Rainey, Lorenzo and Rossi, and more recently Quartararo – and these historic race colors highlight the Yamaha racing engines sense the connection between all R-Series models.

For the anniversary, Yamaha Marine, co-created with Italian company Cantieri Capelli, unveiled a special rigid inflatable boat (RIB) inspired by the legendary Yamaha GP sticker at the Genoa Boat Show. Experienced in the world of high-performance engines, Yamalube YART Yamaha EW rider Niccolò Canepa was impressed by Capelli’s design and the structure of the Tempest 750 Sport RIB, as well as the 250-horsepower V6 Yamaha marine engine when he demonstrated what he can do in Varazza, Italy. Immediately after the event, Canepa headed straight to the Paul Ricard track in the south of France to start the Bol d’Or 24-hour EWC race.

Designed and built by Cantieri Capelli in Italy, the TEMPEST 750 SPORT RIB is a medium-sized boat with optimized deck space and high equipment, powered by a single Yamaha V6 engine, made unique by anniversary colors. The 250-horsepower V6 engine combines digital electric steering (DES), Yamaha’s exclusive Total Tilt and beam brake (TERE) with an impressive new look inspired by Yamaha’s flagship XTO.

Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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