1961-2021: 60 years of World Grand Prix racing for Yamaha
Racing has been an integral part of Yamaha’s DNA from the day that the factory was incorporated on July 1st, 1955. At the time, the company proved its products on the racetrack just days after Yamaha Motor Company was founded, when the YA-1 won the Mount Fuji Ascent Race at its very first attempt on July 10th.
Spurred on by this success, Yamaha entered its first international race at Catalina, USA in 1958. By now the company was developing some of the most competitive 2-stroke machines, and the decision was made to experience the ultimate test of rider and machine by entering the 250cc RD48 race bike in the World Championship Grand Prix round in France in May 1961. Competing at the highest level put the company firmly on the map and marked the beginning of the brand’s transformation into one of the world’s most successful and innovative motorcycle manufacturers.
Just two years after Yamaha’s debut GP, Fumio Ito took the brand’s first ever GP win on the RD56 at the Belgian Grand Prix, and the company has never looked back since that day. 1964 saw Yamaha win its first World Championship as well as its first Constructor’s title with Phil Read in the 250cc class, the first of many victories in that decade. It was the beginning an incredible journey for everyone involved in the company’s race programme, and during the past 60 years Yamaha has established itself as one of the most successful manufacturers with over 500 Grand Prix race wins, along with 38 rider titles, 37 constructor titles and 7 team titles.
Speed block: Yamaha’s historic racing colours
In 1964 the competition department debuted their 250cc Grand Prix racer with a new white fairing with a solid red stripe and red front fender. It proved to be a good omen, and factory rider Phil Read went on to win Yamaha’s first ever world title.
This bold, simple and dynamic red/white colour scheme soon established itself as the instantly-recognisable Yamaha look in Grand Prix road racing, and was the forerunner to Yamaha speed block: arguably the most famous and best loved colour scheme ever featured on a racing motorcycle.
A white fairing with red speed block rapidly established itself as the definitive Yamaha racing colour scheme in Europe for the next two decades right through to the Rainey and Lawson era. The incredible public reaction to the recent unveiling of the factory M1 with its special 60th Anniversary speed block colours demonstrates that it is one of the company’s most evocative colour schemes that is popular with riders and fans of all ages. Simple, dynamic, timeless and instantly recognizable, speed block will forever be associated with Yamaha and its highly successful GP campaigns from a very special era in the company’s history.
New R-Series World GP 60th Anniversary models
To celebrate Yamaha’s long and illustrious Grand Prix racing history, the company has created a World GP 60th Anniversary livery for the 2022 R1, R7, R3 and R125 models.
Just like Yamaha’s famous World Championship winning machinery, the World GP 60th Anniversary R1, R7, R3 and R125 feature pure white bodywork with a strong horizontal red stripe and white vertical lines creating the red speed block. This authentic race bike colour scheme features an all-red front fender and gold-coloured wheels just like winning Yamaha’s factory bikes, and this timeless look is completed with a yellow front number plate, an anniversary emblem and a red stripe running along the top of the fuel tank and the tail.
Since Yamaha made its GP debut in 1961, the company has achieved over 500 Grand Prix race wins with legendary riders including Read, Ivy, Saarinen, Agostini, Roberts, Lawson, Rainey, Lorenzo and Rossi, and more recently Quartararo – and these historic racing colours highlight the connection between Yamaha’s race bikes and every R-Series model.
World GP 60th Anniversary model highlights
- White bodywork with red speed block graphics
- Special 60th Anniversary emblem
- Red stripe along top of tank and tail
- Red front fender
- Yellow front number plate
- Golden wheels
R1 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights
- 998cc 200PS crossplane 4-cylinder engine
- Highly advanced electronic control systems
- 6-axis IMU with Gyro/G sensors for 3D motion data
- Power Delivery Modes (PWR)
- Banking sensitive Traction Control (TCS) / Slide Control (SCS)
- Quick Shift System (QSS)
- 2-mode brake control (BC) cornering ABS
- 3-mode Engine Brake Management (EBM) system
- Ride-by-wire APSG throttle
- Short wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
- Upward truss type swingarm / magnesium rear frame
- Magnesium wheels and 17-litre aluminium fuel tank
- Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instruments
- M1-style bodywork
R7 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights
- Compact, high-torque, 689cc, CP2 crossplane technology engine
- Ultra-compact design with pure R-Series DNA
- Highly aerodynamic full fairing with aluminium lower cover
- High specification inverted 41mm front forks
- Link-type Monocross rear suspension with newly designed shock
- A&S clutch
- Lightweight tubular frame with aluminium centre brace for tuned chassis rigidity
- Clip-on handlebars and lightweight rearsets with stylish heel guards
- Sporty and adaptable tucked-in riding position
- Aggressive R-Series twin-eye face with LED position lights
- Powerful central LED headlight
- Lightweight 10-spoke cast alloy wheels
- Radial mount front brake calipers with Brembo radial master cylinder
- Supersport cockpit design with full LCD instruments
- Central M-shaped front air duct
- Powerful 298mm front and 245mm rear brakes
- Slimline 13-litre fuel tank with deeply sculpted knee indents
- R-series style tail
- 120/70 front tyre, 190/55 rear tyre
R3 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights
- Ultimate Yamaha lightweight supersport
- High-revving 321cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC 4-valve EU5 engine
- Compact and lightweight high tensile tubular steel chassis
- Radical M1 MotoGP® inspired styling
- R1 style dual LED headlamps and position lamps
- Sculpted fuel tank and low handlebars for excellent sports ergonomics
- 37mm inverted front forks and Monocross rear shock
- Multi-function LCD instruments with easy to read displays
- Refined performance with outstanding reliability and excellent economy
- Balanced 50/50 weight distribution for agile handling
- R-series DNA
R125 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights
- High-tech 125cc EU5 engine with Variable Valve Actuation
- Excellent combustion efficiency
- Compact Deltabox frame
- Lightweight aluminium swingarm
- Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch for optimum controllability
- R-Series LED twin-eye body design
- 11-litre fuel tank
- M1 MotoGP-inspired cockpit layout
- High-visibility LCD instruments
- Sporty and comfortable riding position
- Wide 140-section rear tyre
- Outstanding braking performance
Availability and price
The R-Series World GP 60th Anniversary models will be available from November 2021. Prices will be released shortly
Equipped with Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) and featuring an impressive specification that includes the most advanced electronic control technology as well as lightweight carbon bodywork, the R1M is Yamaha’s definitive track bike. For 2022 this iconic high performance supersport motorcycle will be available in a new Icon Performance colour.
With super-aggressive, M1-inspired styling combined with a lightweight chassis, high tech electronics and a 998cc EU5 crossplane engine, the R1 is always ready to get the adrenaline flowing. Available in a new duo-tone Icon Blue with dark matte blue colour option.
Featuring an aggressively styled MotoGP®-inspired fairing, dual LED headlights and 37 mm KYB inverted front forks, the R3 is Yamaha’s ultimate supersport lightweight.
This high-revving 321cc A2-licence motorcycle is the ideal step up for those riders graduating from the R125, and is the perfect preparation for the next move on up to the R7.
For 2022 the R3 engine is fully EU5 compliant, and the shape of the fairing’s lower cowl has been adapted to accommodate the new catalyser. The R3 will be available in a new Icon Blue colour, which features a duo-tone finish consisting of a mixture of Icon Blue and dark matte blue for an even more sporty appearance, that reinforces the R-Series family look. The second colour for the R3 is Yamaha Black, giving the bike a stylish and dynamic look.
Built to the same high standards as every R-Series, the R125 gives every rider the chance to become a part of R/World. Equipped with R1-inspired bodywork and a compact Deltabox frame – as well as a high-efficiency EU5 engine and high-specification suspension and brakes, the R125 is the ultimate lightweight supersport. Available in a new duo-tone Icon Blue with dark matte blue colour option.
Availability and price
The R1M, R1, R3 and R125 models will be available from December 2021. Prices will be released shortly. For the R1, R3 and R125 models there will be two colour options available: the new duo-tone Icon Blue colour option, as well as Yamaha Black. The R1M comes in the new carbon-and-black Icon Performance colour featuring blue accents and blue wheels.
Yamaha Genuine Accessories
Yamaha’s extensive line-up of Genuine Accessories covers a constantly evolving range of items, and features performance, cosmetic and protection products as well as GYTR® Performance parts and Yamalube lubricants. These products have been developed specifically for the R-Series models, for both track riders and road-oriented customers. By always insisting on Genuine Yamaha Accessories, every rider can be sure of the high quality and perfect fit of every accessory item.
GYTR® Performance Parts
Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR®) is the company’s in-house specialist parts division that develops high-tech performance parts, kits and accessories specifically for Yamaha motorcycles. GYTR works closely with Yamaha’s factory race teams and test riders, enabling them to develop a wide range of high-quality products for the R-Series models, for customers to personalise their motorcycle and enhance its performance.
World GP 60th Anniversary Clothing
To complement the new R-Series World GP 60th Anniversary editions Yamaha is launching a limited capsule collection, the new World GP 60th Anniversary clothing collection. Inspired by the iconic 'speedblock' livery that was made famous by Yamaha’s winning race teams in the 1970s, this dedicated collection features the historic white and red design and consists of a special World GP 60th Anniversary t-shirt, hoodie, softshell and cap.
Using MyGarage it’s so easy for customers to create a virtual R-Series and fit a wide range of different accessories before making a final decision on what suits their requirements and budget. The accessorised Yamaha can be viewed from any angle in 3D, and different items can be added and removed easily during the build. Once finalised the accessory list can be sent to the Yamaha dealer for fitment to a new or used machine.
Yamaha's XSR125 and MT-10 took top spot in their respective categories at the 2022 MCN Awards. The XSR125 won 'Best 125', making it the fourth year in a row that Yamaha have claimed this category. Consistently winning this category marks a significant achievement, as Yamaha strives to deliver exciting lightweight motorcycles for all levels of riding experience.
Meanwhile, the MT-10 has won Best 1000cc+ Naked against tough competition. When Yamaha launched the first MT Hyper Naked a decade ago the motorcycle world changed forever. With a clear focus on torque, agility and feel, the MT range has given riders the chance to experience the raw emotion and on-demand excitement that makes every Hyper Naked special.
New Yamaha NMAX: One with the city
The new entry-level NMAX features a dynamic new bodywork inspired by Yamaha's high-end sport models, and combines edgy styling with strong acceleration together with easy manoeuvrability and remarkable economy.
Yamaha unveils the pricing of the new Tricity300, as well as three accessory pack options
Urban Mobility the smartest choice
Yamaha is taking the Urban Mobility segment to the next level with the introduction of the all-newTricity 300 – a smart and modern 3-wheel scooter with a best-in-class specification and premium buildquality. Its dynamic styling brings a fresh and sporty new look to the city streets – and being thelightest model in its class makes it ideal for first-time customers.
Easy to ride and accessible to 'B' licence car drivers*
The Tricity 300 can be ridden by customers who possess a full 'B' car licence. Its Yamaha-exclusive Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) system gives sporty, agile and confident handling with a user-friendly character. Two front wheels means that the rider benefits from additional front-end traction and plenty of braking power from two front discs, which together reinforce the feeling of stability.The lightweight chassis features a front-rear weight distribution of around 50:50 with a rider on board, and this – together with optimised steering geometry – contributes towards the Tricity 300's natural steering and excellent stability, making it ideally suited to riders who may be new to 2 or 3 wheels.
Dynamic sports styling
By blending styling cues from Yamaha's best-selling MAX Sport Scooters together with a touch of DNA from the prestigious NIKEN Sport Touring motorcycle, the Tricity 300 is one of the most dynamic looking 3-wheel models in its class. Its short and narrow nose emphasises the light and agile character- and the large diameter 14-inch front wheels and wide 120-section tyres convey a feeling of front-end stability and traction.
Powerful, smooth and economical BLUE CORE engine
The new Tricity 300 is driven by Yamaha's latest BLUE CORE engine – one of the most sophisticated designs in the category, offering an ideal balance of performance, economy and versatility. The liquid cooled,4-stroke, SOHC, 300cc, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine is based on the advanced design used by the best-selling XMAX 300 Sport Scooter and delivers strong acceleration together with good fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness.
As well as being the lightest model in its class, the Tricity 300's high specification includes a number of premium features, including large diameter disc brakes with a Unified Braking System and ABS for greater controllability on a wide range of road surfaces. Its spacious underseat storage can accommodate two full-face helmets or one full-face helmet and an A4-sized briefcase, and the compartment is fitted with internal LED lighting. Other standard features include Smart Key operation and a Traction Control System, as well as easy-to-read LCD instruments and a parking brake.
Standing Assist system for extra convenience
A key feature on the new Tricity 300 is its Standing Assist system that provides extra convenience by helping the machine to remain upright when stopped. As soon as the throttle is opened the Standing Assist system disengages automatically, enabling the rider to pull away smoothly and effortlessly. By helping to keep the Tricity 300 temporarily in an upright position, the Standing Assist system also makes it easier when placing the vehicle on its main stand.
New Accessory Packs and wide range of Genuine Accessories
Every customer has their own unique lifestyle with a different set of priorities, and Yamaha has developed three new Accessory Packs with a range of carefully selected products to match individual requirements. Featuring a Sports Screen, License Plate Holder and Aluminium Foot Panels, the Sports Pack delivers an extra dose of dynamism and even sportier looks! With its feelings of stability and confidence, the Tricity 300 is ideal for year round riding, and the Winter Pack comes with an Apron, Grip Heater and Knuckle Visors for increased comfort in cold and bad weather. For added practicality and convenience the Urban Pack incorporates a High Screen, Rear Carrier and 39L Top Case that make the Tricity 300 an even more effective commuter. Yamaha's range of individual accessories for the Tricity 300 is constantly evolving, and the comprehensive line-up is now joined by a number of new products including a choice of slip-on mufflers, a catalytic converter, and a comfort seat. Each product featured in the three new Accessory Packs can also be purchased individually, enabling customers to create their very own Tricity 300 tomatch their needs and desires.The Genuine Accessory and apparel range is constantly evolving, and full information can be seen at www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk
Price and availability
Available in a choice of three colours, Nimbus Grey, Tech Kamo and Gunmetal Grey, Tricity 300 will be in the UK market in July 2020 at the recommended retail price of £7,399 including VAT.
Tricity 300 Key Features
- Dynamic new 3-wheel Urban Mobility model with enhanced feelings of stability
- Easy to ride for first-time customers with a full 'B' car licence*
- Modern, smart and active style with premium quality
- tanding Assist system for increased convenience
- Economical, powerful and quiet-running 300cc BLUE CORE engine
- Lowest weight in class for lightweight agility and easy parking
- Storage for 2 full-face helmets – or 1 full-face helmet and an A4 briefcase
- LED lights, LCD instruments and convenient Smart Key operation
- TCS, ABS, Unified Brake System and parking brake
* Limitations and restrictions may apply per country under applicable local laws.
Yamaha Genuine Accessories
New Tricity 300. The Best Move in Town
New Yamaha 3-wheel model targets the premium Urban Mobility sector
Yamaha is one of the leading names in 3-wheel motorcycle technology and the company is now ready to revitalise the Urban Mobility segment with the new Tricity 300, a premium multi-wheel model that brings a fresh new look to this important part of the European marketplace.
Drawing on the in-depth knowledge gained from the development and production of the Tricity 125 and NIKEN Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) models, Yamaha's designers have created a fashionable, modern anddynamic 3-wheel scooter that is targeted at the top end of the market.
Based closely on the 3CT prototype that attracted huge interest when it first went on display in 2018, the Tricity 300 is ready to make a great impression in 2020 with its best-in-class specification, competitive price and unrivalled quality.
Tricity 300: Easy to ride and accessible to 'B' licence car drivers*
This new 3-wheel Urban Mobility scooter is equipped with a 'BLUE CORE' engine as well as a model-specific Leaning Multi Wheel steering linkage. The Tricity 300's leaning front wheels give a natural and confident cornering character, and the high levels of traction offered by the two front wheels reinforce the feelings of stability, even on wet or slippery surfaces.
A key attraction of the new Tricity 300 is the fact that it may be ridden by customers with a full 'B' car licence * – making it one of the most accessible larger capacity Urban Mobility Yamaha models that has the potential to appeal to a whole new audience.
Featuring a sleek design, the Tricity 300 is aimed squarely at the top end of the Urban Mobility segment. In contrast to many current multi-wheel models, Yamaha anticipate that the majority of the demand will come from style and tech-conscious male urban commuters who are looking for an innovative, accessible and practical alternative to the car.
The Tricity 300 will be available Tech Kamo, Nimbus Grey and Matt Grey.
Please note that full details about the new Tricity 300 will be announced on 4th November 11.30 hrs CET.
* Limitations and restrictions may apply per country under applicable local laws.