From a MotoAmerica press release:
MotoAmerica has announced that Yamaha Motor USA has been named an Official Manufacturer of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.
In addition to coming on board as an Official Manufacturer, Yamaha is supporting MotoAmerica’s airings on CBS Sports Network – both commercially and with custom, feature-based content. Yamaha will also sponsor the MotoAmerica drone that will be capturing images during its race weekends.
“It’s great that Yamaha has come on board as a partner in our series,” said MotoAmerica president and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey. “My racing relationship with Yamaha is well known as they were the brand with which I won my three 500cc World Championships. Yamaha has been in the Superbike paddock now for several years and have raced with much success. We’re looking forward to having them as one of our manufacturer partners in the years to come.”
Yamaha is the all-time leader in AMA road race victories with over 500 wins and the company’s on-track success of late is unmatched – five Superbike titles is in the last five years. This season Josh Hayes will attempt to win his fourth Superbike title and he’ll do so on the new 2015 Yamaha YZF R-1. In addition, Yamaha has also won the last two Daytona SportBike (now Supersport) titles.
“Yamaha is extremely proud to support the new MotoAmerica series and looks forward to the ‘re-birth’ of AMA professional road racing in the United States in the same year that Yamaha will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary,” said Bob Starr, General Manager of National Communications for Yamaha. ” Yamaha truly has a rich heritage of racing and couldn’t be happier that three-time World Champion and former Yamaha factory rider Wayne Rainey has spearheaded the initiative for this new series.”