MotoGP: Yamaha Confirm MotoGP commitment until 2026

Published on February 15, 2021
By Short Shift News

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has signed an agreement with Dorna Sports to compete in the premier class for five more years

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., and Dorna Sports have announced the extension of their participation in the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship for a further five years, from 2022 to 2026. 

In the media debrief of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 2021 team launch, Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis confirmed Yamaha’s commitment to the MotoGP premier class until 2026, following suit of Honda who confirmed their future last week.

Yamaha started its World Grand Prix racing endeavours in 1961, making this season the Japanese manufacturer’s 60th anniversary. Throughout their contest in MotoGP™, Yamaha has secured a total of 511 Grand Prix wins, 38 Rider World Titles, 37 Manufacturer World Titles, and five Triple Crowns.

The news broke on the afternoon of the factory Yamaha launch, where we saw Fabio Quartararo’s number 20 sported on the front of the factory YZR-M1 for the first time, along the familiar number 12 of Maverick Viñales.

Toyoshi Nishida – Executive Officer, Yamaha Motor Co., LTD.

“First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude toCarmelo Ezpeleta and Dorna, as well as all of the Yamaha personnel who made our successful run at the highest level of motorcycle racing possible.

“At Yamaha we take great pride in taking part in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. We are all very pleased that we can confirm the contract renewal for a further five years at the start of an important season for our company.

“Yamaha started competing in World Grand Prix racing in 1961. Sixty years on, Yamaha‘s passion for motorcycle racing and eagerness to take on a challenge remains unchanged. MotoGP makes up a large part of Yamaha‘s DNA. The premier class‘s cutting-edge technology will continue to make their way to Yamaha street bikes, bringing customers‘ motorcycle and motorsport fantasies to life on and off-track, giving them the feeling of Kando*.

“At the same time, I think the coming five years of collaborating with Dorna and the other MotoGP manufacturers will be very important for the future. We want to keep the excitement of MotoGP racing while at the same time making it more sustainable and appealing to a wider public.

“We thank all Yamaha fans for their continuous support, and we look forward to bringing them even more exciting and precious memories in the future.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta – CEO, Dorna Sports S. L.

“First of all, I would like to thank Nishida-san and all the members of Yamaha for the long-term collaboration during all these years.

“At Dorna we are pleased to be a part of the culmination of this partnership by extending our agreement with Yamaha. We are eager to witness this new chapter of the iconic Japanese manufacturer celebrating its 60th anniversary in the racing scene, a factory that has always shown a great commitment with the MotoGP World Championship and whose future will see many other exciting challenges to be enjoyed together in these upcoming years.”

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