News Jay Leno & Roberts Auction Off GYTR YZF-R1

Jay Leno & Roberts Auction Off GYTR YZF-R1

Yamaha auction

The special, one-of-a-kind Yamaha GYTR-equipped YZF-R1, featuring Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary red-and-white paint scheme and ridden in demonstration laps by Kenny Roberts at last month’s Red Bull United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, was sold to the highest bidder at Mecum’s Motorcycle Auction this past Thursday night in Monterey, Calif.

Special guest auctioneers for the event were Roberts himself, along with television personality Jay Leno.

Proceeds from the auction benefited Bailey’s Café, a non-profit organization that brings youth and elders together through the arts and services and is located in Brooklyn, NY. The highest bidder was Milton Verret, who engaged in some spirited bidding and signaled his approval of a final bid and donations totaling $87,000 before the gavel fell.

Jay Leno says: “That was a lot of fun hanging out with Kenny, and I’m excited for the kids at Bailey’s Café in Brooklyn. That winning bid from Milton is going to buy a lot of supplies!”

Kenny Roberts says: “I’m kinda surprised that someone would pay for a bike that I sat my butt on and worked the rear tire on pretty good. But, it was for a good cause, and Milton really came through for Bailey’s Café.”

Bob Starr (General Manager, National Communications for Yamaha’s Motorsports Group) says: “This auction was another exciting event in our ongoing celebration of Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary of World Grand Prix Racing. With Kenny and Jay involved in the fun-and for such a worthwhile cause-it was an especially memorable event.”

For more information on Bailey’s Café please go to baileyscafe.org.

For more information on Mecum’s Motorcycle Auction in Monterey go to mecum.com.

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).

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