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Yamaha press releases on our motor sports racing activities

Presenting the 2009 MotoGP Fiat Yamaha Team Feb. 2, 2009

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Italy痴 Fiat Automobiles announced on November 4 of last year the signing of a contract to continue title sponsorship of the Fiat Yamaha Team for the 2009 and 2010 MotoGP seasons. On Nov. 2, an official presentation of the 2009 team make-up has been posted on the internet.

The race machine is the Yamaha YZR-M1 and the riders are the same pair as in 2008, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Comment from Takashi Kajikawa, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO
I am proud to say that last year we achieved our season goal of recapturing the MotoGP triple crown of rider, manufacturer and team titles for the first time since 2005, thanks to the magnificent efforts of everyone involved.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors and all the people involved in this great achievement. As you know, 2008 was also a year that saw a dramatic worsening of the world economy, which left Yamaha Motor in an extremely difficult and adverse business environment. Needless to say, the severity of this environment also affects our motor sports activities.
However, we believe that the MotoGP is an especially important competition for sharing Kando* (excitement and deep satisfaction) with Yamaha fans around the world, and as a 適ando Creating Company,・this is a core part of our corporate mission. Therefore, we have decided to continue our participation in MotoGP in 2009 despite the extremely harsh business environment we face.
As we carry on our MotoGP campaign in 2009, I hope that we can continue to count on the support and cooperation of our sponsors and all the people involved in this great motor sports competition.

*Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feeling of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that people experience when they encounter something of exceptional value.

2009 model YZR-M1 main specifications


Liquid cooled, crossplane crankshaft, in-line four-cylinder, four stroke


Over 200 horsepower (147kW)

Top speed:

In excess of 320km/h




Aluminium twin tube delta box


Front: Ohlins upside down, Rear: Ohlins


Marchesini 16.5 front, 16.5 in rear


Bridgestone, 16.5 front, 16.5 in rear


Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs, two four-piston callipers
Single 220mm stainless steel rear disc, twin-piston calliper


148kg (In accordance with FIM regulations)

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