Yamaha’s factory MotoGP team has lost a major sponsor for the second year in a row. Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas will not be extending its sponsorship agreement with the Yamaha team, ending a three-year relationship. Last year, the Yamaha team lost the title sponsorship of automobile manufacturer Fiat. For the past year, Petronas […]
Yamaha Opens New Motorcycle Testing Center
Yamaha has completed construction of a new test course for developing motorcycles for emerging markets in Kikugawa, Japan.
The 121-acre Yamaha Motor Kikukawa Test Course features a 1.18-mile circuit and a mix of multi-purpose roads and mountain terrain. It will be used to develop new motorcycles for Latin America and Asia.
Construction for the Kikukawa Test Course was initially supposed to begin in 2009 but was delayed when the global recession hit. The original plans called for a 1.86-mile course, but Yamaha scaled back its plans before construction began in June 2011.
Yamaha has four other test centers in Japan, located in Fukuroi, Hamamatsu, Omaezaki and Shibetsu.