Yamaha is the one producer that has participated in each iteration of the famed Dakar Rally since its inception in 1979. Cyril Neveu received that 12 months’s rally aboard a Yamaha XT500 and adopted it up with a second win within the following 12 months. Yamaha loved success within the early Nineteen Nineties as effectively, with Stéphane Peterhansel successful a report six occasions. Nonetheless, the following couple of a long time had been nowhere close to as profitable for the Japanese producer. For that purpose, it has determined to finish its affiliation with the 450cc class within the Dakar Rally and the FIM Cross-Nation Rallies World Championship.
The long-lasting producer’s final victory on the Dakar was in 1998, a complete 24 years in the past. Newer entrants like KTM and Honda have dominated the rally over the last few years, and the Japanese big’s choice to exit is comprehensible contemplating its lack of success. As Jalopnik factors out, even Yamaha’s final podium end was approach again in 2014 when Olivier Ache completed third. It got here shut in 2022, with French rider Adrien van Beveren ending 4th. The report additionally mentions that of the 168 bikes within the 2022 Dakar Rally, solely 9 of them had been Yamahas.
Yamaha has talked about in a press assertion that it will likely be leaving the 450cc Motorbike Class on the Dakar Rally however will proceed to have a presence within the SSV (side-by-side) with its Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype. Yamaha completed in a good 2nd and sixth place within the final two years, respectively.
Eric de Seynes, President, Chief Govt Officer, Yamaha Motor Europe, commented on the choice saying, “Yamaha has an extended and storied historical past with the Dakar Rally, beginning in 1979 on the first-ever version and working unbroken into the trendy period. It’s additionally an occasion that I personally have an actual ardour for, having twice contested the occasion and for a few years labored carefully with Jean-Claude Olivier, who not solely raced and received levels on the Dakar but in addition oversaw Yamaha’s most profitable pioneer interval within the rally.
“Nonetheless, whereas the Dakar Rally has primarily succeeded in remaining near its roots, even when it moved out of its non secular residence of Africa, the world wherein it exists has modified significantly. Our off-road prospects now have completely different expectations they usually search for completely different merchandise, and we should cater for these if we’re to remain related. It is for that reason now we have determined to finish our lengthy historical past on two wheels on the Dakar Rally and within the FIM Cross-Nation Rallies World Championship, whereas concurrently strengthening our dedication to racing the Dakar on 4 wheels with the Yamaha YXZ1000R SSV.
“Yamaha’s dedication to Rally Raid occasions with motocycles will not be over, however our future engagement will need to have a more in-depth connection to our prospects and their aspirations, growing additional the Ténéré 700 potential in the direction of a route which is able to allow them to rediscover the extra adventurous facet of Rallies.”