Yamaha celebrates success-laden year
In 2004 Valentino Rossi became the first Yamaha rider to win the World Championship crown in the premier class since Wayne Rainey's title in 1992. However, in 2005 the Japanese manufacturer managed to top that achievement, not only successfully defending the rider title, but also taking the constructor and team titles to complete a clean sweep in their 50th anniversary year.
The tuning fork brand celebrated this achievement last weekend in Japan after Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards completed their 2005 schedule with the last test session of the year in Malaysia.
The two official Yamaha MotoGP team riders were presented with commemorative machines by Yamaha Motor President Takashi Kajikawa; Rossi, his title-winning YZR-M1, and Edwards, an enduro YZF-450. The ceremony was also attended by Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Racing managing director, and Davide Brivio, the factory team manager.
Valentino Rossi secured his fifth consecutive title in the elite class at Sepang in Malaysia at the 13th round of the Championship. He took eleven wins last season and finished on the podium in every race he finished. He failed to take the chequered flag just once, at Motegi. His team-mate Colin Edwards was the only rider in the MotoGP class to score points at every race of the year.