Japan’s second favourite motorcycle company, Yamaha are a hugely successful in their own right, to date winning nearly 40 world championships within the sport of motorcycle racing. This includes six MotoGP championships and a first place in the World Super bike championships.
The company not only reaps success in championship races but also is a key player in the Isle of Man TT – with 208 recorded victories. Current riders for Yamaha include Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Yamaha Motor Racing
Founded in 1999 the team were originally based in the Netherlands but relocated to their current location of Italy in 2002. The original team line-up from that time were Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa. Biaggi achieving 9 race wins, riding the YZR500 and the YZR-M1 in his last year at Yamaha in 2002.
The team changed shortly thereafter with the addition of Marco Melandri and the departure of Biaggi. Valentino Rossi joined in 2003 and brought huge success to Yamaha Motor Racing, winning the championships with 9-wins in the 2004 season.
Most recently Valentino Rossi won the MotoGP championship in 2015 and Lorenzo succeeded him in 2016. Rossi and Lorenzo continue to spearhead Yamaha’s MotoGP team and can be relied upon to produce when it’s needed. Yamaha winning the triple crown in 2016 by means of Lorenzo’s individual win, the team title and manufacturers title. They both ride the Yamaha YZR-M1.