Yamaha Closures Future Dakar & Rally Raid Motorcycles Races

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With the 4th place, it turned out that the end of the Dakar Yamaha rally was disappointing in several respects, as the Japanese brand made it clear that this year’s edition of the legendary off-road race will be the last as a two-wheeler in factory use. With the announcement of the suspension of its Dakar Rally and other rally raid motorcycle racing programs in the FIM Cross-country World Rally Championship, Yamaha is effectively ending a 40-year commitment to racing motorcycles at the Dakar Rally.

While Yamaha will continue its all-wheel drive offering side by side at the Dakar, Yamaha Racing says: “With the future launch of the new Ténéré World Raid, it will continue to meet the changing needs of off-road customers.”It remains to be seen whether this will mean a boost for a series-based class at the Dakar or other events that could do justice to the popular ADV series motorcycle. In his press release, Yamaha talks about his many years of success at the Dakar Rally, but the brand’s success was difficult to achieve last year, which may have prompted Yamaha to look for easier places to present its motorcycles.

“Yamaha has a long and rich history with the Dakar Rally, which started at the first edition in 1979 and has remained intact to this day,” said Eric de Seynes, President and CEO of Yamaha Motor Europe.

“It is also an event that I am personally looking forward to, as I have participated in the event twice and worked closely with Jean-Claude Olivier for many years, who not only raced and won stages at the Dakar, but also oversaw Yamaha’s groundbreaking Fastest rally time.”

“While for the most part the Dakar has managed to stay close to her roots, although she has left her spiritual homeland of Africa, the world in which she exists has changed a lot. Our off-road customers now have different expectations and are looking for other products, and we have to meet them if we want to stay connected.”

“That’s why we decided to end our long history on two wheels at the Dakar Rally and the FIM World Championship for Off-road rallies, and at the same time to strengthen our commitment to the Dakar on four wheels with the Yamaha yxz1000r SSV.”

“However, Yamaha’s commitment to rally raid with motorcycles has not yet been completed, but our future commitment must have a closer connection with our customers and their wishes, expanding the potential of the Ténéré 700 in a direction that will allow them to rediscover the more adventurous side of the rally.”

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