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All-New YZF-R6 and YZF-R1 Power Rejuvenated Yamaha Road Race Team for 2006

Cypress California, October 31, 2005…Yamaha Motor Company is pleased to announce its AMA Roadracing plans for 2006 that will be centered around the introductions of both the all-new YZF-R6 and the new race-spec YZF-R1 LE.

Veteran rider and 2003 Supersport Champion Jamie Hacking returns to Team Blue and White competing on the potent new R6 in the AMA Supersport Class and the new R1 LE in the Superstock Class. “I’m just pumped to ride both these classes this year,” said Jamie, “and with these unbelievable new bikes, I’m ready to bring home Yamaha at least one Championship.”

Twenty one year-old hot shot Jason DiSalvo also returns and will compete this year on a fully prepped YZF-R6 in the Formula Extreme Class including the prestigious Daytona 200. Jason will also pilot the new R1 LE in an effort to improve his overall second place finishing position in 2005 in the AMA Superstock Class. “We’ve just started testing the new R6 and it’s already miles ahead of last years bike,” said and exuberant DiSalvo. “I’m confident and so looking forward to the season ahead.”

Finally, Yamaha is pleased to welcome the charismatic Eric Bostrom, who will round out the Yamaha squad competing in both the Formula Extreme and Superstock classes. “I just saw the new bikes and they are awesome.” Said Bostrom. “ I feel great and Yamaha has already made me feel so much a part of their family. I just can’t wait to start riding,”

Graves Motorsports will continue to maintain the Superstock effort in the coming year.

“We are extremely excited about the year ahead,” said Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty, “We feel that our new team will have great dynamics and with two new bikes, tremendous potential to win multiple championships."

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