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2022 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition

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2022 YZF R1SP YZF R7SP YZF R3SP AUS SW STA 002Left to right YZF-R1, YZF-R7 & YZF-R3

 

THE COLOURS OF VICTORY

YMA is pleased to reveal three stunning models
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 customers will soon have the
opportunity to own a piece of history as the
YZF-R3, 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.

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THE HALCYON YEARS

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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WPGP 60TH ANNIVERSARY COLOUR SCHEMES

Fast forward to 2021, and Yamaha’s Grand Prix
60th Anniversary YZR-M1 calls on the traditional
white/red design of the 1980 YZR500 for
inspiration. We revealed this special YZR-M1 to
the world on March 10 at the Official Pre-season
MotoGP test in Qatar with Yamaha test rider Cal
Crutchlow on board.

Along with the World GP 60th Anniversary colour
scheme, each WGP Anniversary model also
includes gold wheels, gold forks, Yamaha factory
race-bike gold tuning fork emblems, black levers
and special commemorative badging on the
airbox cover.

The WGP colour schemes are available on YZF-R3,
the all-new YZF-R7LA and HO versions as well as
the flagship YZF-R1.

Also returning to the Yamaha supersport lineup
for 2022 is the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R3
in an updated Midnight Black and Team Yamaha
Blue colour option with graphic detailing and
accents more closely aligned with the distinctive
styling of the new 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7, including
matt blue and cyan blue accents throughout.

Yamaha’s renowned entry-level supersport bike
features bold R-series styling, light weight and
a high-revving 321cc liquid-cooled inline twincylinder engine.
The standard edition Yamaha YZF-R1 also returns
in a similar Team Yamaha Blue colour scheme
plus Performance Black. The ultimate high
performance sportbike boasts advanced MotoGPderived
electronics and powerful crossplane 998cc CP4 engine.

Also returning to the Yamaha supersport lineup
for 2022 is the ultra-high tech Yamaha R1M,
now featuring a new colour design further
accentuating the full carbon fibre front fairing
and aluminium fuel tank—with just a touch more
blue added to the side fairing.

WGP models will be available in strictly limited numbers. Get in touch with our team and pre-order yours today.