As he prepares for the last three days of testing at Losail, Cal Crutchlow has unveiled his Yamaha M1, which features a special commemorative livery.
The Iwata manufacturer is sending the Brit out in the traditional red and white Yamaha colours, to commemorate 60 years since its first participation in a Grand Prix.
Yamaha has travelled a long path in the world championship, one that dates back to 1961, when a five-rider team flew to Europe with the RD48 250 cc inline twin and the factory RA41 125 cc single-cylinder to compete in the French GP.
Hiroshi Ito’s words
"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our fans, sponsors, and suppliers for their support and constant passion", comments Hiroshi Ito, General Manager of the Motorsport Division.
"Since last year, Covid-19 infections have raged and affected the world greatly. The situation is still severe. Against this backdrop we announced in February of this year that we will continue to participate in the World Championship for five further years, from 2022 to 2026. The WGP 60th anniversary coloured YZR-M1 represents more than just a milestone and a look back at the footsteps of our forerunners. It is a sign of our determination”.
An emotional Cal Crutchlow
“I‘m honoured to have been chosen to ride the special WGP YZR-M1 with the 60th anniversary livery”, stated Crutchlow. “The MotoGP paddock without Yamaha is unimaginable now. I myself started my MotoGP career in a Yamaha satellite team. I also took part in the 50th anniversary celebrations. It's quite special that I am present for both these important milestones for Yamaha. I‘ve recently returned to Yamaha as a test rider after 7 years away, and I am really enjoying the experience. Yamaha‘s passion for motorsports is as fierce as ever and that‘s really motivating".
Translated by Heather Watson