2005 Yamaha YZF-R1 World Superbike Press Test

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In October 2005, shortly after the end of Yamaha’s first year back in world superbike following a four-year hiatus, Yamaha invited 24 key journalists from around the world to the iconic Monza race track in Italy to test the YZF-R1 that Noriyuki Haga rode to two wins and third place in the championship.

Event objective was to link race R1 to production model




The event was managed by Paul, who was the company’s press officer from 2003 to 2007, and saw excellent coverage for Yamaha, thanks in no small part to its exclusive nature and a very special venue.

Photography from the event came from the legendary Patrick Gosling and coverage was gained in every continent on the globe, in print, on line and on TV.