Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
United States Grand Prix, Laguna Seca
7 July 2005


The Yamaha Factory Racing Team and its riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards
will contest this weekend's US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca in a special yellow,
white and black livery to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Yamaha Motor

The yellow, white and black livery which will be worn by the riders and team
throughout the coming weekend, was originally used by Yamaha's US racers in the
1970's, most notably triple-World Champion Kenny Roberts. The colour change
celebrates Yamaha's racing history and particular success in the USA with
American riders Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey having won nine
premier-class World Championships between them.

"I am really happy to be racing in yellow, white and black here in the US,
especially since yellow is my favourite colour!" said current World Championship
series-leader Rossi, who this weekend races at Laguna Seca for the first time in
his career. "It's great to be recreating the livery of Yamaha US and Kenny
Roberts, one of the most famous and recognisable racing liveries of all time. I
am proud to be racing together with Yamaha at its 50th Anniversary, especially
at this race, which everyone has been looking forward to for such a long time.
Our special bikes will help to make the MotoGP 'show' even more of a spectacle
for the American public!"

Colin Edwards has the honour of being the first American Grand Prix rider in 25
years to carry the yellow, white and black livery. "It's awesome!"  exclaimed
the Texan, facing his first race on American soil since he left the World
Superbike Championship three years ago. "My home race is already such a big
thing for me, but this makes it even more special and I'm really excited to be a
part of something like this. I really like the livery and the bikes look great.
It's a great honour to be an American riding for Yamaha when there's such a
heritage with the brand and the American greats like Kenny, Wayne Rainey and
Eddie Lawson. I really hope we can make this a great 50th Anniversary
celebration with the right result on Sunday!"

Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director Davide Brivio commented, "It's very exciting
to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Yamaha here together in the US, and
it's really nice that Yamaha has been able to bring back this yellow, white and
black livery that is such an important part of its racing history. The Team is
proud to be here in this historic moment, and to have been chosen to be the ones
to celebrate here in Laguna in this special way. Of course we will focus on the
race and hope that we will be able to celebrate properly with an unforgettable
race result on Sunday!"