Yamaha Motorsports Group President Jim Gentz To Retire Effective July 1, 2004

CYPRESS, Calif., May 12, 2004 ¿ After 37 years with Yamaha Motor Corporation,  Jim Gentz, President of Yamaha Motorsports Group has announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2004.

As Motorsports Group President, Gentz has overseen nearly a decade of sales increases and steady market share growth in Yamaha motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, generator and accessories business.

Through Gentz¿s leadership, Yamaha has developed a solid foundation for continued success in the motorsports industry.  ¿I believe we have a well qualified and enthusiastic team at Yamaha to assist during this transition.¿

Commenting on his retirement plans, Gentz said, effective July 1, 2004, ¿I will become an active `Yamaha test rider¿ using all the exciting products we have had so much fun developing and selling.¿