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Motorsports have been an essential part of Yamaha Motor’s corporate culture since our founding. The first time a Yamaha motorcycle competed in earnest happened 10 days after the company was established, at the third Mount Fuji Ascent Race on July 10, 1955.

We considered motorsports to be a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the strengths of our products to the public. We sent the newly released YA-1 to the track and took a dominating victory in our racing debut, making a major step forward as a motorcycle manufacturer.

In time, we took the words of our founder, Genichi Kawakami, to heart, calling on our Spirit of Challenge to drive us to take on the world.

“If you’re going to do it, try to be the best.”

- Genichi Kawakami

Founder and First President of Yamaha Motor Co.

To celebrate our heritage and World Grand Prix journey, we have launched a special 60th Anniversary livery for the R/World series.


Yamaha's Racing Success