Motorcycle Racing News Yamaha: 50th Anniversary MotoGP M1

Yamaha: 50th Anniversary MotoGP M1

MotoGP Landmarks

This year, Yamaha celebrates its 50th Anniversary of World Championship Grand Prix racing.

The 50th year came with an extra surprise as Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo was able to don the number one plate from his 2010 title. And now Yamaha will continue the celebration with some special red and white livery on the factory Yamaha team protype, titled the “YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition.”

Lorenzo and his teammate, 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Ben Spies, will unveiled the 50th Anniversary M1s at a special event Wednesday, June 22, in Assen. Lorenzo and Spies will then pilot the unique Yamaha MotoGP machines at Assen and Laguna Seca.

Yamaha says “The unique red and white livery design pays homage to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries of the past with a modern twist. The red and white livery will be used by team riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies. The colors will also appear on all Yamaha staff and team crew as well as the Yamaha Factory Racing team’s pit box.”

Yamaha will also use a special 50th Anniversary logo, which will be displayed on the 2011 YZR-M1 fuel tanks, and withing all Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team uniforms. This special logo will also be in the pit garage of Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo, and on the transporters.

Yamaha has also launched a special dedicated website, which “features an impressive archive tracking the history of Yamaha’s involvement with racing along with detailed historical information.” Throughout the season the site will be regularly updated with columns and videos along with exclusive messages and interviews of key people involved in the World Championship Grand Prix racing story of Yamaha.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Look (11 Fast Facts)

The 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber enjoys a wide range of updates that include functional and aesthetic. The changes are, in part, to meet Euro...

2021 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS RC First Look (9 Fast Facts)

The 2021 MV Agusta Dragster RR SCS RC is the new flagship of the urban-brawling Dragster lineup. The RC stands for Reparto Corse, and...

2022 Triumph Bonneville T100 First Look (9 Fast Facts)

The Triumph Bonneville T100 gets a more powerful and higher-revving motor for 2022,  along with a lighter chassis and upgraded suspension as the British...

2022 Triumph Street Twin First Look (7 Fast Facts)

The best-selling Triumph Street Twin is back with motor changes to meet Euro 5 standards, upgraded styling, and a classy new variant. Let’s take...

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250: 150 HP ADV [17 Fast Facts]

Harley-Davidson officially unveiled Monday its all-new adventure touring motorcycles, the 2021 Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special. The Motor Company released all the...

Story of Warner Riley’s 200+ MPH Run Aboard a Sportster 50 Years Ago!

50 years ago Warner Riley began working toward having the World’s Fastest Conventional Motorcycle. With help from S&S Cycle in Wisconsin, topping 200 mph...