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Yamaha and Fiat extend sponsorship agreement by two years

Yamaha and Fiat extend sponsorship agreement by two years

Fiat to continue as title sponsor of factory Yamaha team in MotoGP for further two seasons.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd and Fiat Automobiles Spa have concluded an agreement to continue their partnership for a further two years.

The agreement will see Fiat continue as the title sponsor of Yamaha's Factory MotoGP Team, which will continue to be known as the Fiat Yamaha Team, for 2009 and 2010.

Fiat have sponsored the Yamaha factory effort since 2007, and have provided the team with some memorable one-off livery designs as part of the joint promotion. For the second consecutive season, MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi will be joined by Rookie of the Year Jorge Lorenzo in defending the Fiat Yamaha colours.

`I heartily welcome the extension of the agreement with Fiat as title sponsor of our MotoGP Factory Team for another two years,´ said Masao Furusawa, Executive Officer Engineering Operations of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. `We will be working to continue the great partnership that resulted in the Fiat Yamaha Team winning the triple crown in 2008.´

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, added `We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Fiat for a further two years. It remains a very interesting mix for an Italian car manufacturer to be partner of a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer in the world's premier motorcycle racing series.

`Fiat´s decision to continue for a further two years is a sign of confidence in our activities and a strong confirmation of the value of being involved in the MotoGP championship. Our target for the future is clear: we want to continue with our winning ways and provide even more excitement for the fans of the Fiat Yamaha Team.´

MotoGP, 2008, Fiat Yamaha Team

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