GALLERY: Yamaha’s nod to the past with special 60th anniversary tribute livery

Thursday, 16 September 2021 16:13 GMT

Both the Pata Yamaha and GRT Yamaha teams will run in the famous red-and-white colours of Yamaha to celebrate a special milestone

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of Yamaha Motor Co.’s participation in Grand Prix racing and to celebrate the Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK and GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team will run special tribute liveries in red and white for the Hyundai N Catalunya Round as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the ninth round of the Championship.

The 1961 French Grand Prix was the first appearance for Yamaha and since then they have claimed more than 500 wins and a combined 82 riders’, manufacturers’ and teams’ titles. To celebrate the special anniversary, the factory Pata Yamaha outfit will don the famous red-and-white alongside GRT Yamaha, while the colours will also be shown off in the FIM Supersport World Championship with the GMT94 Yamaha team. Riders Toprak Razgatlioglu, Andrea Locatelli, Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane will also wear special leathers, boots and gloves while team personnel will also have new red-and-white kit for the weekend.

Andrea Dosoli, Yamaha Motor Europe, Road Racing Manager, said: “Over the last 60 years, Yamaha has been one of the main players in Grand Prix motorcycle road racing and we’re all very proud of this incredible history. Today, we can look back fondly on the great success achieved together, running some of the biggest names in this sport, and how we have been able to expand our racing activities to all corners of motorcycle racing. This livery is a salute to where it all began, at the French Grand Prix in 1961, and we look forward to seeing the red and white colours return to our Yamaha R1 bikes in WorldSBK and EWC, as well as our Yamaha R6 in WorldSSP. We would like to use this moment to thank all of our fans, supporters, and staff that have made this all possible. Thank you to all our sponsors, we are grateful that they have agreed to be a part of this one-off livery with us, and a special thanks goes to Remo Gobbi at Pata Snack for his continued support and collaboration.”