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Yamaha celebrates success-laden year
News, 11/12/05

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.

M1...M1...LUCKY! :lol
 

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Wow, Colin got the shaft though. Rossi gets a multi-million dollar motoGP bike, and edwards gets a run of the mill, anniversery edition yz450f worth $6500.
 

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Rossi gets an M1, Colin an enduro YZF-450. CE got the equivalent to a brand new pair of Pro Wings from Payless.


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Edwards has that smile on his face, like when you were a kid and going through your stocking during Christmas only to pull out a fresh apple.
 

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r6HeavenTNT said:
Edwards has that smile on his face, like when you were a kid and going through your stocking during Christmas only to pull out a fresh apple.
Or a pack of gum.. Yea, he got shafted.. :kickinnut
 

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haha;"...an "i kick you in your nuts" ceremony was hosted by by Yamaha Motor President Takashi Kajikawa. After the bikes where handed out Edwards was found drunk, rampaging though japan in a godzillaish rage...on a yzf-450..."
 

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haha;"...an "i kick you in your nuts" ceremony was hosted by by Yamaha Motor President Takashi Kajikawa. After the bikes where handed out Edwards was found drunk, rampaging though japan in a godzillaish rage...on a yzf-450..."

LOL hahahhaha
 

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haha;"...an "i kick you in your nuts" ceremony was hosted by by Yamaha Motor President Takashi Kajikawa. After the bikes where handed out Edwards was found drunk, rampaging though japan in a godzillaish rage...on a yzf-450..."
:rollin

Yeah, I'm sure Colin's thinking... "I'd have settled for an R1-LE... Fuckers!" :kickinnut
 

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He's smiling cause at least it wasn't a VESPA
 

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CE may have gotten the short end of the deal, but at least he'll get to use his. Where would Rossi actually get to ride an M1, besides when he is at the track.
 

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If Rossi is getting the M1 at the presentation ceremony it would be an even bigger kick in the nuts for Colin...It's Colin's M1 !!!!
 

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hesaves0211 said:
haha;"...an "i kick you in your nuts" ceremony was hosted by by Yamaha Motor President Takashi Kajikawa. After the bikes where handed out Edwards was found drunk, rampaging though japan in a godzillaish rage...on a yzf-450..."
:spit

No doubt! :lol

What's he gonna do with it though? Kind of the same as some of the F1 guys being given their championship cars I guess.
 
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