Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. celebrates the global milestone of the company of 60 years of racing excellence in the WGP.
Yamaha competed for the first time ever just 10 days after the company was established. It was at the third Mount Fuji Ascent Race on July 10, 1955 with the newly released YA-1 which raced to a dominating victory in its debut. Spurred on by this initial success, Yamaha then proceeded to enter international racing. Yamaha had its first GP win at in the Belgian Grand Prix in 1963, racing an RD56 in the 250cc class. Between 1963 and 2020 Yamaha has a total of 511. Just this year, Yamaha won the 2021 MotoGP World Championship with Fabio “El Diablo” Quartararo clinching the victory for the team. Yamaha has recently announced it will continue to compete in the MotoGP for another five years (2022–2026); a decision that represents its true spirit for racing.
Yamaha has seen 60 years of racing in the World Grand Prix series, now known as MotoGP. With their recent pledge, it’s likely we’ll see that number continue to grow.
In celebration of this milestone, Yamaha Motor Philippines will be releasing a special WGP 60th Anniversary Edition of the Sniper 155R and Mio Aerox S that embody its indomitable racing spirit.
There could be no more appropriate way to launch the two bikes than in a race, organized by Yamaha at the Carmona Race Track. The race day would pit 2 teams against each other for a special WGP competition. Team All-Stars were made up of Mio Ambassador Matteo Guidicelli, Vlogger Motodeck, Yamaha Racers J.E. “The Hitman” Inguito and April Mascardo. On the other side was Team Icons, Actor Carlo Aquino, Yamaha VR46 Mastercamp Rider “The Wonderboy” McKinley Kyle Paz, Media Representative from TopBikes Matthew Galang, and Yamaha Racer Kerwin Chang. The event allowed viewers to join in the action through Yamaha’s Facebook page.
In tune with the rest of the global Yamaha 60th WGP celebration, the Sniper 155R and the Mio Aerox S feature the same 60th Anniversary Edition livery available on larger bikes in other countries.
These special edition motorcycles are mostly inspired by Johnny Cecotto's 1978 winning bike that features Yamaha's "speed block" racing colors in red and white, with a yellow stripe prominently positioned on the bike's nose. Bronze cast wheels complete the package, this touch also an homage to Yamaha's rich racing history.
The 60th WGP edition of Sniper 155R has an SRP of 124,900 and the Mio Aerox S has an SRP of 136,900 and is available in Revzones, and Yamaha 3s Shops nationwide.