Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Yamaha Factory Racing Release
United States Grand Prix, Laguna Seca
8, 9, 10 July 2005


A glittering array of national and world champions were united for a unique
celebration on Friday as Yamaha Motor Company toasted its 50th Anniversary in a
memorable event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As giant octopus, sea otters,
sharks and rays patrolled the tanks and towering kelp forests that provided a
spectacular backdrop to the evening's events, Yamaha Motor Company Chairman Mr
Toru Hasegawa opened the festivities with a rousing speech to a packed audience,
filled with legends in virtually every imaginable discipline of motorcycle racing.

"Yamaha Motor Company is honoured to have a proud history, rich with innovation
and leadership, based largely on our strong racing heritage," said Mr Hasegawa.
"This racing heritage is proven by names such as Kel Carruthers, Steve Baker,
Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and now Valentino
Rossi, each of which have won World Championships for Yamaha throughout our 50
year history.

"At Yamaha our business is based on three key words; Passion, Kando and the
Future. Passion is what each of us shares in the heritage that has built this
company for 50 years. Passion is what we share when Valentino Rossi kisses his
M1 after a victory. And Passion is the underlying force that will guide us even
further into the future.

"Kando is the overwhelming sense of enjoyment, excitement and emotion each rider
feels whenever they experience any Yamaha product. This sense often leaves
meaningful memories that will last for the rest of their lives. And finally the
future is about our vision for the next 50 years and the unlimited boundaries
and inspiration that racing provides for our riders, race fans and customers
throughout the world."

After Mr Hasegawa's speech had ended, Bob Starr, Corporate Communications
Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, had the honour of introducing no fewer
than 25 of the factory's most celebrated riders to the stage. Over a quarter of
a century of World Championship titles were present as legendary names of the
past including Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, Kel
Carruthers and Steve Baker were joined on stage by fellow road racing stars
Randy Mamola, Rich Oliver, Don Emde, Jamie James and Thomas Stevens.

From the off-road scene, former Motocross Champions Gary Jones, Marty Moates,
Jeff Emig, Rick Burgett, Broc Glover, Doug Henry were joined by Supercross stars
Mike Bell, Damon Bradshaw and Pierre Karsmakers. The glittering line-up was
completed by Yamaha's current stars and some of the factory's brightest hopes
for the future, including AMA Superstock and Supersport Champions Aaron Gobert
and Jamie Hacking and AMA 250SX Champion Chad Reed. The last men on stage were
Yamaha's MotoGP factory pairing of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards and,
fittingly, it was the reigning World Champion who had the last word. "Yamaha
have the best riders in the world!" declared Rossi, before joining the party.