April 4, 2013 |
Valentino Rossi, the Italian many consider to be the greatest motorcycle racer in history, will be seeking his eighth world title as the MotoGP series opens its season Sunday in Qatar. Rossi, who has won seven championships, is back with the Yamaha race team after two years with the Ducati team. He rejoins Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, the two-time and reigning MotoGP champion. The two had frosty relations when they previously were teammates but claim that's all behind them.
January 10, 1991 |
A helicopter evacuated Dan LaPorte of the United States to a hospital today after he was injured in a motorcycle crash during the Paris-Dakar Rally. LaPorte, who was 12th in the overall standings, crashed about 22 miles from the start of the stage from Agadez to Tillia in Niger. The Californian reportedly suffered head and stomach injuries, but other details were unavailable.
April 14, 1989 |
In six years of motorcycle racing at its highest level--the world 500cc road racing series--Eddie Lawson of Upland won championships in 1984, 1986 and 1988 riding a Yamaha. During the off-season, in one of the most startling switches in cycling history, Lawson took his No. 1 plate and moved to Yamaha's bitter rival, Honda. Sunday, in the Dunlop United States International Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Lawson will be trying to win his first trophy in three races on the Honda to go alongside the one he won in the same race last year on a Yamaha.
April 6, 2002
Where: 2.3-mile, 21-turn course, California Speedway, Fontana. When: Today, practice and qualifying, 8 a.m.; Yamaha West Region Dealers 100k, 2 p.m. Sunday, practice, 9 a.m.; Yamaha 100k, 3:15 p.m. Supporting races: Today--Superstocks, 60k. Sunday--Supersport, noon, followed by 250 Grand Prix, Formula Xtreme, all 60k. TV: 2 p.m. today, Speed Channel, re-air at 7 p.m.; 3 p.m. Sunday, Speed Channel, re-air at 5 p.m.
July 31, 2008 |
Yamaha Motor Co., the world's second-largest motorcycle maker, cut its fiscal full-year net income forecast 23% because of falling demand in the U.S. for large motorcycles. The Japanese company cut its forecast to 45 billion yen ($416.8 million) from an earlier prediction of 59 billion yen, it said in a statement today. Sales will be 1.72 trillion yen, 6% lower than the initial forecast. Yamaha expects its first decline in operating profit in eight years as consumers in the U.S.
December 7, 1998 |
The new year isn't even here yet, but already the folks at Buena Park-based Yamaha Corp. of America are thinking about what people will want to do with the computers they receive as holiday gifts. Yamaha hopes they'll play games. Really loud games. Yamaha, which is trying to make a name for itself in the computer speakers market, hopes people will want to upgrade their computers' generally substandard speakers.
April 3, 2004 |
Suzuki rider Mat Mladin continued his domination of the California Speedway motorcycle circuit Friday by winning the pole for today's Yamaha Superbike Challenge main event with a lap of 97.230 mph around the 21-turn, 2.36-mile infield course. Mladin, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, won last year's pole and both 100 kilometer AMA championship events en route to a fourth national championship. Mladin will lead the field off today at 3:40 p.m. in the Yamaha West Region Dealers 100k.
September 7, 1994 |
Crumpled face down in a sand pit at the Misano racing circuit after crashing, tumbling and cartwheeling at 130 m.p.h. in the Italian Grand Prix last September, Wayne Rainey thought he was dying. He heard the roar of motorcycles racing only a few yards away and thought they were going to run over him. He tried to get up. He couldn't. In 24 years of racing, Rainey had fallen many times, but only once before had he been unable to move his legs.
October 26, 1998 |
Yamaha Corp. of America's consumer products division plans to make a push into the consumer computer market during the holiday shopping season, trying to extend its brand from keyboards into computer speakers, sound cards and compact disc recording devices. Starting in November, the company will have prominent displays at retailers such as Fry's Electronics Inc.
March 24, 2002
When: 12:30 p.m. today, ESPN (gates open at 7 a.m.) Track: California Speedway, Fontana (two-mile, D-shaped oval, 75 feet wide with a 15-foot apron). Race Distance: 400 miles, 200 laps. Preliminary: Grand American Cup 250, 8 a.m. (89 laps, three-hour time limit). Last IRL Race: Helio Castroneves took charge shortly after a caution flag with 19 laps to go and beat Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran to the finish line to win the Copper World Indy 200 March 17 at Phoenix. Sam Hornish Jr.