Yamaha strengthens relationship with Star Valli Yamaha Race Team

Cypress, Ca.(January 4, 2012) - Yamaha Motor Corporation is pleased to announce the formation of a new super team. During the off-season Star Racing and Valli Motorsports joined forces to form the Star Valli Yamaha Race team.

The new team will feature racers in both the premier 450 class and the 250 class. Riding the YZ450F will be Austin Stroupe, Ryan Morias and Nico Izzi, who’s doing double duty riding the YZ250F on one coast and the YZ450F on the other. Riding YZ250Fs full time will be Kyle Cunningham, Ryan Sipes, Gareth Swaenepol and Kyle Peters.

Fielding a team this size would be impossible without a strong team of sponsors behind it and leading the pack for the Star Valli Yamaha team are Rockstar Energy drink, Dunlop, Scott, Metal Mulisha and GYTR.

“We’ve had great relationships with both Star and Valli over the last few years and are very excited about what they will be able to accomplish in 2012 now that they have joined forces”, said Yamaha Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.

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