Rinaldi and Yamaha Celebrate a Quarter Century of Successful Collaboration
Last December, Yamaha Motor Europe and former FIM Motocross World Champion Michele Rinaldi celebrated a prolific twenty-five years of co-operation and partnership that frequently saw the Factory Yamaha team rule the very peak of MXGP and the motocross Grand Prix series.
Looking back on the records and accomplishments that Rinaldi has achieved so far, not only is he the very first Italian to be crowned in motocross since the sport's inauguration as an FIM competition in 1957, but he has also made the greatest contributions to YMC since 1991 in his role as a team manager, team principal, technical partner, and development leader. This unbeatable working relationship produced a lot of unforgettable achievements?a string of six FIM World Championships in six years, involving nineteen Grand Prix, occasional national races, and key fixtures such as the Motocross of Nations.
"We put the rider in the middle of the project and consider them as the main element of racing for us," said Michele Rinaldi. Furthermore, Michele said that his achievements and lofty perch at the top of the MXGP depend on loyal staff such as mechanic Massimo Raspanti, Assist Team Manager Giovanni Pelizza, and Carlo Rinaldi as a key figure behind-the-scenes dealing with technical partners. "I'm proud that we have been together for such a long time and have seen both good and bad moments. For us, the manufacturer is always our priority, and my ambition and goal is to make them satisfied about what we provide. Thanks to our good staff I think we were able to do the job well".
"Twenty-five years seems to have passed so quickly and the union of Michele and his team with Yamaha Motor Europe could not have been more exciting and beneficial," commented YME's Chief Operating Officer, Eric de Seynes. "Michele has helped create some authentic Yamaha legends, he has been Yamaha's ambassador and bastion in the FIM Motocross World Championship, and we could not have wished for a better and more dedicated partner."
"It is fantastic that the relationship has reached twenty-five years. Even though I never had the privilege of racing for Michele in Grand Prix, I know that his team?and his work with Yamaha?was revered as one of the best places to be for any rider," said Yamaha Motor Europe MX Manager Erik Eggens. "Michele's work is something that everyone at Yamaha and who likes the brand can be proud of."
Roberto Basile, Yamaha Motor Europe (YME)