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60th anniversary models revealed

16th Sep 2021

YMNZ are pleased to reveal stunning new models from the R Family sporting an iconic colour scheme that celebrates 60 years of competition in World Grand Prix events. The legendary red and white livery – complete with unique speed block pattern and yellow race plate motif – evokes the halcyon days of road racing when two-strokes ruled the roost. An era when Yamaha heroes like Ivy, Read, Agostini, Roberts and Rainey risked life and limb in their quest for glory. The 60th anniversary is held in high regard in Japanese culture – higher even than the 50th milestone. So it’s no coincidence that this landmark has inspired eye-catching retro colour schemes with three striking models that pay tribute to Yamaha’s passion for racing and winning at the highest levels of motorsport. R-Series NZ customers will soon have the opportunity to own a piece of history as the all new YZF-R7 and flagship YZF-R1 are all treated to the 60th Anniversary World Grand Prix livery for 2022. Motorsports have been an essential part of Yamaha Motor’s corporate culture from day one and our first entry into the top tier of road racing was at the French Grand Prix in 1961. Success came quickly and Yamaha reacted by introducing its first race bike painted white with red stripes in 1964. The design went on to become a traditional livery for Yamaha - and not just in road racing, but also in motocross.

In the early 1970s, Yamaha actively bolstered its racing efforts in the United States in a push to demonstrate the excellence of its products. It was during this period that Kenny Roberts and other American legends raced machines running a yellow background with a black chain block graphic - a livery that became synonymous with Yamaha in the US. Meanwhile in Europe, heroes like Giacomo Agostini, Jarno Saarinen and Johnny Cecotto and Kenny Roberts continued to win races and World Championships on the red and white bikes in the 1970. The winning habit was continued by Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson in the 1980s. Valentino Rossi even made an appearance with the iconic colour scheme in 2005 to celebrate Yamaha's 50th anniversary

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