Yahama has been around GP racing for the past 50 years and to commemorate this silver anniversary, the Japanese motorcycle maker will be unveiling a special livery for the YZR-M1 motorbike. Likewise, this special livery will also dress up the brand’s MotoGP racebikes at Assen TT and Laguna Seca.

As for what you need to look out for with the bike, the “YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition” livery will come in a unique red and white paint scheme that celebrates the two-tone livery of the Yamaha Factory Racing team. There’s also a special 50th anniversary logo that will be used by the team this season. This logo will be displayed on the fuel tank of the 2011 YZR-M1 bike, as well as on the uniforms of all the members of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, and team riders Jorge Lorenzo, the reigning MotoGP World Champion and 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies.

The bike will make its official debut at a special event on June 22, 2011 where it will be broken in by no less than Lorenzo and Spies themselves. That event is still a little over a month away so in the meantime, you can check out photos and a video of the special edition bike.


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  (488) posted on 06.6.2011

I like the features of this Yamaha YZR-M1. It was very suitable in motor racing.
Well, this one will be the most great tribute to Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary!

  (314) posted on 06.3.2011

As a veteran in GP Racing, Yamaha is indeed one of the best Motorcycle Maker and still they continue to createremarkable units. This new YZR-M1 Motorbike is indeed one of the best they made especially for a race.

  (553) posted on 05.27.2011

I like the overall color scheme that they are using for this one. The red on white design certainly makes this one a truly nice tribute to Yamaha’s years in racing.

  (1211) posted on 05.26.2011

This one really looks very nice. Imagine that, Yamaha has actually been in the Grand Prix scene for quite some time now. This one would be indeed a good tribute to that.

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