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In motorcycle racing Yamaha has won 39 world championships, including 6 in MotoGP and 9 in the preceding 500 cc two-stroke class, and 1 in World Superbike.

In addition Yamaha have recorded 208 victories at the Isle of Man TT[and head the list of victories at the Sidecar TT with 40.

Past Yamaha riders include: Jarno Saarinen Giacomo Agostini, Bob Hannah, Heikki Mikkola, Bruce Anstey, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Jeremy McGrath, Stefan Merriman, Dave Molyneux, Ian Hutchinson, Phil Read, Chad Reed, Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo.

Their current lineup consists of nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.

Since 1962, Yamaha made production road racing Grand Prix motorcycles that any licensed road racer could purchase.

In 1970, non-factory privateer teams dominated the 250 cc World Championship with Great Britain's Rodney Gould winning the title on a Yamaha TD2.