Yamaha YZR-M1 WGP 50th Anniversary Edition

05/17/2011 @ 1:02 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Helping commemorate its 50th Anniversary of World Championship Grand Prix racing, Yamaha has unveiled special race livery for its factory-backed MotoGP squad, which the team will run at the Assen TT and Laguna Seca Grand Prix. Set to be unveiled Wednesday, June 22nd at the Assen circuit by Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, the Yamaha YZR-M1 WGP 50th Anniversary Edition motorcycles with their red color schemes are described by the Japanese company as paying “homage to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries of the past with a modern twist.”

Take that as you will, but the new race livery for the two races is a welcomed detraction from the reminder that the Yamaha squad has been unable to field a title sponsor for the 2011 MotoGP Championship season, despite having the 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies and reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on-board the squad’s Yamaha YZR-M1 race bikes. Nonetheless, Yamaha has been celebrating its racing heritage with a special 50th Anniversary website, which is well-stocked with images of racing lore for the tuning fork brand.

Be sure to check out the full gallery of images on the Yamaha YZR-M1 WGP 50th Anniversary Edition motorcycle after the jump. We think it’s a looker.

Source: Yamaha Racing

  • Isaac Chavira

    I wish they’d make it their offcial livery. or at least use that lay-out when they switch back to blue. Non the less, very beautiful and tasefully done. I wonder if we will see commemorative machines next year like they did with the 2006 bikes?

  • Other Sean

    Reminds me of the last TZ250’s, super cool!

  • Afletra

    Looks so awesome!!! Stunning!
    I personally like the red and white color combination, and the livery layout just also great…
    But, hope the change not only in appearances, but also the performance,
    YZR M1 looks so hard to catch the RC212V back there,
    At least, I will always love YAMAHA,
    Keep on the good work guys!

  • Very nice indeed, those really are beautifully done, and I can’t wait to see them in action.

  • Looks just awesome when will they be available in the US what will be the spec. of the street version be do you know?

  • I think they’ve sold all the 2011 models, but you can get a 2012 one on lease for a several million a year.

  • BBQdog

    Would be nice if the R1 and the R6 would look something like this.

  • fazer6

    It is amazing that the M1 can look so good and the R1 so so bad.