This GP season witnesses a landmark of World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) motorcycle racing for Yamaha, having successfully competed at the highest level for 50 years (1961-2011).
Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S. announced today that it will be re-directing its Road Racing and Supercross / Motocross motorcycle racing efforts for the 2010 season.
For Supercross and Motocross, Yamaha partner L&M racing will continue to compete in the 450 class with defending AMA World Supercross Champion James Stewart aboard the all-new YZ450F. Additionally, other satellite teams will soon be announced to further compliment and strengthen Yamaha’s off road racing efforts.
Following the announcement on Thursday that Ben Spies will move to MotoGP in 2010, Yamaha Motor Company now announces that it will enter the Texan as a wild card into the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia.
25-year-old Spies will participate as a single rider entry of a Yamaha Factory Racing Team, using YZR-M1 test bikes brought over from Japan. The Valencia MotoGP race takes place 6-8th November, two weeks after the final World Superbike round at Portimao, Portugal.