Yamaha 20th Anniversary Decoration – Yamaha has shown the colors that the YZF-R1 Factory will wear with which the Iwata factory will try to achieve in Suzuka what would be its fourth consecutive victory in the race that traditionally closes the World Endurance season, scheduled this year for the end of the week of July 28 and 29.
Under the slogan “R1evolution: The REvolution Sparking a Revolution” (The REvolution that ignites a Revolution), the Yamaha Factory Racing Team will put on track an R1 that will imitate the colors that the first edition of the mythical superbike of Iwata showed on the year 1998, a beautiful combination that mixes white with red and black to leave us one of the most beautiful decorations ever seen on the fairings of the YZF-R1.
At the human level, there are no changes. Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, and Michael van der Mark will try to repeat the victory they already achieved last year at the 8 Hours of Suzuka, a race in which Yamaha has already won the last three editions, including the two victories that Pol Espargaró achieved. in 2015 and 2016 together with Nakasuga, Lowes (2016) and Bradley Smith (2015).
“I am very happy to be able to get the fourth consecutive victory with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team on the 20th anniversary of the YZF-R1,” said Nakasuga, who also competes in the Japanese Superbike Championship with Yamaha. “Our rivals for the win will bring some very strong lineups, but Alex and Michael are doing well in the SBK World Championship with the R1 and I am doing the same in the All Japan Championship.” With the three reunited again this year, I’m Sure that our team will be even stronger than last year, we will do our best for the fans and we will make the 20th year of the R1 special, so please support us again in 2018! ”
Yamaha 20th Anniversary Decoration
For his part, Alex Lowes says that “it is a great honor that Yamaha has asked me to represent them again at Suzuka, it is a very important race that I really enjoy, and I really want to work with Michael and Nakasuga again. -san after last year’s success, I have the chance to win there with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team for the third year in a row and on the 20th anniversary of the R1, I can not wait! ”
The Dutchman Michael Van der Mark says “feeling very honored to be asked again to be part of the Yamaha Factory Racing team for the 8 Hours of Suzuka, we had an incredible race last year and I have the feeling that, together with my colleagues Alex and Nakasuga-san, we can have another good result in the race to celebrate the Yamaha 20th Anniversary of the Yamaha YZF-R1! “.
In addition to factory equipment, the structures of the Yamaha GMT94 and YART (Yamaha Austria Racing Team) will also use these special colors in Suzuka. Here you have more photos of the YZF-R1 Yamaha 20th Anniversary that will run in Suzuka: