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Yamaha Factory Racing Team to Enter Round 9 of the 2018 All Japan Road Race Championship Series, the 50th MFJGP, with Special-Color YZF-R1 20th Anniversary Livery

September 29, 2018


September 29, 2018―The Yamaha Factory Racing Team will enter Round 9 of the 2018 All Japan Road Race Championship, the 50th MFJGP at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture on November 3–4 with riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane riding machines sporting special red and white coloring commemorating the YZF-R1’s 20th anniversary.

The Yamaha Factory Racing Team has competed the 2018 All Japan Road Race Championship from the opening round using a blue-based YZF-R1 bearing the “YZF” and “R1” logos of the first-generation R1 together with a special commemorative 20th anniversary logo. Later, the team entered the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race and took a fourth consecutive win with a YZF-R1 sporting a special red and white livery. In the MFJGP, Nakasuga and Nozane will be competing for finishes worthy of the YZF-R1’s 20th anniversary on it.

Katsuyuki Nakasuga
“I’m really looking forward to the coming opportunity to compete in the MFJGP on the red and white YZF-R1 as I did at the Suzuka 8 Hours. I believe this MFJGP race will be the one where I clinch the title, but no matter what happens, I want to celebrate the R1’s 20th anniversary by getting a second consecutive win there. I hope everyone will be looking forward to it.”

Kohta Nozane
“The MFJGP will be my first chance to ride the red and white YZF-R1, but from the moment I saw it at the Suzuka 8 Hours, I knew I wanted to ride it. I am really excited that I am going to have that chance and I will prepare myself for the responsibility that comes with this special occasion. I haven’t gotten any wins yet in this season, so I am especially anxious to fight back with Nakasuga-san at the MFJGP and get the win to celebrate the R1’s 20th anniversary in fitting style.”

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