Yamaha Motor Racing
or Yamaha Factory Racing
is the official factory team of Yamaha
. It founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey
, who had run a factory-supported team in the 500 cc class for the previous two years. The team was originally based in the Netherlands
but was relocated in Italy
in 2002.Max Biaggi
and Carlos Checa
raced for the team from 1999
. Max Biaggi
achieved a total of 9 race wins in that period, first riding the Yamaha YZR500
and later the Yamaha YZR-M1
, Checa was joined by Marco Melandri
. The team had an average season with no wins or podiums.
For 2004 Valentino Rossi
joined Carlos Checa
at the team. Rossi got 9 wins and won the championship.Colin Edwards
joined the team for 2005
. Rossi once again won the championship, collecting 11 wins.
Both riders stayed with the team for 2006
. Rossi earned 5 wins and finished 2nd in the championship.
For the 2007 season
, both riders remained with the team riding the new 800cc Yamaha YZR-M1
. Rossi had 4 wins and finished the season 3rd overall.
, Yamaha had a unique line-up with......