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Yamaha’s new historic club targets pre-1998 YZs

Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce the formation of the Yamaha Racing Heritage Club. This club was officially launched at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy in November 2021.

Designed to protect and share Yamaha’s racing history with younger generations, the Yamaha Racing Heritage Club (YRHC) brings together a select group of collectors from around the world who have some of the iconic racing bikes from Yamaha’s storied racing history in their collection.

The YHRC is open to motorcycle owners of all disciplines. From its Grand Prix racing history, the club will accept motorcycles raced between 1955 and the end of the two-stroke era in 2003, while World Superbike and Endurance World Championships entries will be open to motorcycles raced from 1987 to 2009 in one of the production classes. have raced. From the off-road world, the YRHC is open to motocross bikes that raced before 1998 and Paris Dakar machines that raced in Africa before 2007.

Collectors can register their historic Yamaha machines with the YRHC and gain access to technical information and support from the engineers who were involved in the development or maintenance of these bikes while racing, or who currently work within Yamaha’s racing infrastructure .

YRHC members also receive a discount on Yamaha Genuine Parts and assistance in identifying suitable replacements when Genuine Yamaha Parts are no longer available due to the age of the machines.

But the YRHC is about much more than just machines. The club will also bring together bikers who have written the Yamaha name in big letters in the history books, and will reunite these riders with the machines with which they achieved their greatest success.

The collectors and bikers will be considered ambassadors of Yamaha’s Racing Heritage, guardians of racing history that began with the Mount Fuji Ascent Race, just 10 days after the company was founded by Genichi Kawakami on July 1, 1955, and continues to be an essential part of forms of Yamaha Motor’s corporate culture.

The YRHC will also involve Yamaha’s current crop of racers from all disciplines. This gives these drivers and their army of fans the opportunity to experience and meet the racing history of Yamaha and everyone who helped build a wealth of wonderful memories in person, rather than through the pages of a book.

Through a number of exclusive events held throughout the year, the YRHC will bring together collectors and riders, both past and present, to highlight Yamaha’s storied racing history, and to demonstrate the passion and determination parts that keep Yamaha at the forefront of motorcycle racing in all disciplines.

Collectors seeking more information on Yamaha Racing Heritage Club registration can email

Paolo Pavesio, Director of Marketing and Motorsport, Yamaha Motor Europe

“We founded the Yamaha Racing Heritage Club not only to commemorate Yamaha’s rich and storied racing history, but also to protect and bring it to life for future generations to enjoy personally. We want these motorcycles to be seen and heard again. rather than just quietly flaunting in a collection, one of the main goals of the YHRC is to support collectors in the restoration and maintenance of their bikes, as well as to show the human side of Yamaha’s racing heritage. by telling the stories of the drivers who raced these iconic machines and the people who developed and worked on them.We want to share our racing heritage with the widest possible audience,and so the YRHC will attend a number of events each year to showcase these historic bikes, bringing them together with riders past and present to keep our heritage alive.”