Do you want a sign that the recession has sent waves through all the levels of the motorcycle industry? Take for example the Yamaha rugby team.
The Yamaha Jubilo rugby club competes at the pinnacle of the Japanese Rugby Football Union, where its currently 5th out of 14 teams. The team is comprised of 17 professional ringers, nine of whom are not even Japanese.
However, next season the team will be made up of only full-time Yamaha employees, as the cost of the professional players has been deemed to great to the company.
In its announcement, Yamaha Motors officials stated that, “a careful review of its team management amid the harsh business environment that has developed since 2009.”
Source: Yamaha via Motorcycle.com