The factory team’s YZF-R1 will sport a special revival of the 1985 Yamaha TECH21 Team* livery as a nod to the origin of the team’s iconic #21 race number as well as to mark 21 years since the YZF-R1 was first released.
*This does not indicate that Shiseido Company, Limited will relaunch or resell the “SHISEIDO TECH21” line of men’s cosmetics previously sold in Japan.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team will field the same winning line-up for the third time since 2017, with Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark out to record a fifth straight Suzuka 8 Hours win. The team will once again be managed by All Japan JSB1000 Yamaha Factory Racing Team manager Wataru Yoshikawa.
Also lining up for the 8 Hours will be Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa riding for the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. With three EWC rounds completed, in which YART staged a dramatic comeback to finish 2nd at the gruelling 24 Hour Bol d’Or and secured another spectacular win at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring, the team currently sits 4th in the points standings.
#21 Yamaha Factory Racing Team
Team Results at the Suzuka 8 Hours
2015Winner (Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Pol Espargaró, Bradley Smith)
2016Winner (Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Pol Espargaró, Alex Lowes)
2017Winner (Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark)
2018Winner (Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark)