Japan Tobacco International ended its affiliation with the Yamaha Moto GP Factory Team after joining the team at the start of 2006 season.

Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards rode the bikes sponsored by Camel during the 2006 season and while they’ll both continue riding with the team in 2007, Yamaha is searching a new title sponsor for the new 800cc bikes.

"Following Camel’s recent announcement, Yamaha Factory Racing would like to express its thanks to Camel and Japan Tobacco International for their partnership and support over the 2006 MotoGP season," a statement issued by Yamaha read.

"Our thanks go out to all those involved in the project; they have formed an important part of our team over the past year. It has been a great honour for Yamaha to work with such an experienced sponsor and Camel’s enthusiasm throughout the season has been greatly appreciated by the entire Yamaha Factory Racing Team and the Yamaha Motor Group."

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