Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Test Team rider Cal Crutchlow takes to the Losail International Circuit with a special livery YZR-M1 today. The iconic red and white Yamaha colours were chosen to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.’s first-ever Grand Prix race entry and to pay tribute to the great Yamaha riders of the past and the present.
Yamaha’s Grand Prix racing journey started in 1961, when a Yamaha team with five riders, including Fumio Ito and Taneharu Nogushi, flew to Europe together with the newly developed 250cc in-line twin RD48 and the 125cc single-cylinder RA41 factory machines to make their World GP debut. Their first race was the French GP, round three of the series.
In honour of 60 years of Grand Prix racing, Yamaha will arrange several activities and initiatives throughout the 2021 racing season to celebrate this significant milestone.