After 44 rallies, Yamaha introduced it is not going to be taking part within the iconic Dakar Rally in addition to different FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship. This successfully makes the 2022 Dakar Rally, the producer’s final hurrah at Dakar.
Yamaha has determined to drop the curtain on its rally program, bringing an finish to an period for the producer. After 44 rallies, Yamaha introduced it is not going to be taking part within the iconic Dakar Rally in addition to different FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship. This successfully makes the 2022 Dakar Rally, the producer’s final hurrah at Dakar that was held in Saudi Arabia, and noticed the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team riders Adrien van Beveren and Andrew Short end in fourth and eighth place respectively. Yamaha is the one model that has featured in each Dakar Rally since its inception.
The producer’s affiliation dates again to the very first version in 1979 with Frenchman Cyril Neveu taking victory on the Yamaha XT500 and following that up with a second win a yr later. Dakar Legend Stéphane Peterhansel scored a report six victories for Yamaha within the Nineties with Italian Edi Orioli including to Yamaha’s success in Africa with victory within the 1997 version. In newer instances, the WR450F 2-Trac noticed numerous success within the 400 cc Super Production class. Rider David Frétigné completed greatest in school within the 2004 and 2005 rallies. He went on to complete third general on the first South American version in 2009. Hélder Rodrigues completed on podium in 2011 and 2012 whereas rider Olivier Pain completed third in 2014.
Yamaha introduced the WR450F Rally in 2015 with the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team and the staff went on to complete within the prime 10 on a number of events. Rider Adrien van Beveren missed out on successful the 2018 version with only a few kilometres earlier than the end line. This simply could possibly be one of many the reason why the producer desires to fairly the championship, particularly with Honda and KTM’s dominance over the previous couple of years.
Speaking about Yamaha’s exit from Dakar, Eric de Seynes, President, Chief Executive Officer, Yamaha Motor Europe mentioned, “Our off-road customers now have different expectations and they look for different products, and we must cater for these if we are to stay connected. It is for this reason we have decided to end our long history on two wheels at the Dakar Rally and in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, while simultaneously strengthening our commitment to racing the Dakar on four wheels with the Yamaha YXZ1000R SSV. However Yamaha’s commitment to Rally Raid events with motorcycles is not over, but our future engagement must have a closer connection to our customers and their aspirations, developing further the Ténéré 700 potential towards a direction that will enable them to rediscover the more adventurous side of Rallies.”
Yamaha will proceed to assist the SSV class at Dakar with its Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype challenge. The firm will even shift focus to assembly evolving buyer necessities within the off-road sector, contemplating the long run introduction of the brand new Tenere World Raid. This will probably be based mostly on the model’s well-liked journey providing, the Tenere 700.