Sporting Icons Share Their Memories for Yamaha’s 65th Anniversary

Courtesy of Yamaha Racing

To celebrate Yamaha Day on 1st July, which marked the 65th Anniversary of Yamaha Motor, some of the brand’s most iconic riders and sportspeople shared their favourite memories, whether that be a title-winning season, or a particular event that remains close to their hearts.

#MyYamahaStory saw 11 Yamaha athletes share their most memorable moment with Yamaha each day leading up to its 65th anniversary.  

In road racing, Valentino Rossi revisited his epic first race victory with Yamaha at the 2004 African Grand Prix in South Africa, while three-time 500cc Grand Prix world champion Kenny Roberts, fellow American and triple world champion Wayne Rainey, motorcycle racing’s most successful rider Giacomo Agostini and 2009 Superbike World Champion Ben Spies each spoke about their successes with Yamaha.

From motocross, 10-times world champion Stefan Everts looked back on that incredible triple Grand Prix victory at Ernée in 2003, an achievement that only the Belgian can claim. Yamaha’s first motocross champion Hakan Andersson, 1994 125cc title-winner Bob Moore and future star Freddie Bartlett also shared their moments of Kando.

Elsewhere, ‘Monsieur Dakar’ Stéphane Peterhansel reminisces about his first Dakar Rally victories in the 1990s with Yamaha, and surfing legend Garret McNamara looks back on the “perfect wave” from ‘Jaws’ in Hawaii. 

In 1955, Genichi Kawakami established Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. and racing has been a part of the manufacturer’s DNA since the very beginning. From national championships in Japan, to the world stage of Grand Prix off road and on road motorcycle racing, and today the brand is synonymous with the racetrack. 

Hear the stories from your favourite Yamaha icons on the new corporate section of the Yamaha Motor Europe website and stay up to date with the latest news via the Yamaha Racing Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. #MyYamahaStory »

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