Yamaha Marine Celebrates 60 Years of Grand Prix with Special RIB

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Motorsport has been at the core of Yamaha Motor Co. since its founding, and to commemorate six decades of Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, Yamaha Motor Europe and Cantieri Capelli are delighted to unveil at the prestigious Genoa Boat Show a special Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) inspired by the legendary Yamaha GP livery.

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The RIB bears the famous white and red colours that were synonymous with the manufacturer throughout much of its illustrious racing history and which form the basis of the 60th #anniversary commemorative livery that adorned Yamaha’s WorldSBK and EWC bikes last weekend.

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No stranger to high performance engines, Yamalube YART Yamaha EWC rider Niccolò Canepa was impressed with the Capelli designed and built Tempest 750 Sport RIB and its 250hp V6 Yamaha Marine engine when he put the boat through its paces in Varazze, Italy. Immediately after the event Canepa headed directly to Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France for the Bol d’Or 24 hours EWC race.

Between 1963 and 2020, Yamaha took 511 wins and 82 riders’, constructors’ and teams’ titles combined, running many most successful riders like Giacomo Agostini, still the most successful Grand Prix racer in history, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and the living legend Valentino Rossi.

The Yamaha 60th anniversary GP tribute RIB was unveiled to the public at the prestigious Genoa Boat Show on 16th September, the same day that the Yamaha’s R1 race bikes were presented in the same livery at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya and Circuit Paul Ricard.


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