Featured in the May 2021 issue of Roadracing World:
Yamaha hasn’t won as many Grand Prix races as Honda, but manufacturer Hamamatsu is arguably the biggest racing brand of them all. The company contested its first Grand Prix in May 1961 and since then has always competed in GPs, either with factory or private motorcycles, unlike other major GP brands Honda and Suzuki.
Over the past 60 years, Yamaha has anointed some of the world’s greatest motorcycle champions, including Phil Read, Jarno Saarinen, Giacomo Agostini, “King Kenny” Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo… “
– 60 years of Yamaha Grand Prix racing
Yamaha started out as a musical instrument company and got into building motorcycles by purchasing a design from Showa! But a year later, Yamaha had competed in Grand Prix races and competed at the highest level in the sport since. MotoGP Editor-in-Chief Mat Oxley examines six decades of Hamamatsu’s racing machines in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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