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Yamaha lend support to classic initiative

Yamaha lend support to classic initiative

Japanese factory Yamaha have given their backing to Ferry Brouwer´s Yamaha Classic Racing Team.

An initiative to preserve some of the World Championship´s most legendary machines has received official support from Yamaha, aiding with the financial, technical and promotional side of the Yamaha Classic Racing Team´s operation.

Yamaha Motor Europe NV officially announced their association with the project, run by former Yamaha Grand Prix mechanic Ferry Brouwer, on Wednesday.

Brouwer has 14 classic Yamaha machines at his disposal. These are either completely original or restored bikes used in World Championship events, including the 1979 YZR500 OW45 bike ridden by Kenny Roberts Sr.

The Yamaha Classic Racing Team itself comprises of the likes of Dieter Braun, Svend Andersson, Michelle Duff, Rodney Gould and Chas Mortimer. Guest appearances at events undertaken by the team will also feature Steve Baker, Christian Sarron, Luca Cadalora and Giacomo Agostini, widely regarded as the greatest rider of all time.

`1973 was the last time I worked with Yamaha as mechanic for Jarno Saarinen on the official factory team. Exactly 35 years later I am so happy to be officially associated with Yamaha again,´ says an elated Brouwer.

`But not just me; through YCRT guys like Rod Gould, Chas Mortimer, Michelle Duff are also back with Yamaha. The official support from Yamaha is recognition of what we do, but above all recognition from Yamaha to and for Yamaha´s own history.´


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