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Yamaha Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First World Title with Phil Read in Misano

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It was a very special gathering inside the MotoGP paddock at Misano this evening as the Yamaha family joined with the paddock and media to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first world title with legend Phil Read.

The British racing icon took Yamaha to their first world championship victory aboard the RD56 250cc machine on the 13th September 1964, at the Monza circuit in Italy. To honour the occasion Phil Read presented Masahiko Nakajima (President of Yamaha Motor Racing) and Marco Riva (General Manager of Yamaha Motor Racing) with the original 1964 World Championship certificate.

The certificate will now be taken to Japan to take its rightful place at Yamaha‰Ûªs Hall of Fame in Iwata.

"This special evening to celebrate my bringing Yamaha‰Ûªs first world title to them after 50 years is like coming home to the happy team, the reception has been fantastic, its overwhelming for me to see I get this recognition." Read commented. "I‰Ûªm lucky to be here after fifty years of racing! It‰Ûªs also thrilling to be here in Misano with Jorge on pole and Valentino so close on the front row too.

"It‰Ûªs a little different now, from 1964; I came to Monza with two factory 250 Yamaha RD56s in the back of my car with one English mechanic and a Japanese mechanic who came over for the race in Monza. I think we had our carburettor settings written on a postcard!

"I still feel as much part of the Yamaha family today as I did then, and feel privileged to have started a run of world championship success that has continued to this day.‰Û

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