Yamaha to Cross Coun­try and Dakar

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Yamaha has teamed up with Thor­ney Mo­tor­sport to pro­vide works back­ing for the team, as it runs a MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try cam­paign ahead of a Dakar Rally as­sault in 2017.

Thor­ney Mo­tor­sport is run by ex-tour­ing car driver John Thorne, who has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles, hav­ing com­peted in a Po­laris and Arc­tic Wild­cat.

Now Thorne will drive the Yamaha YXZ100R in the BCCC in prepa­ra­tion for the Dakar.

Yamaha will also sup­port other teams, with a parts ve­hi­cle pro­vided by Thor­ney Mo­tor­sport on hand at events.

Matt Bryant of Yamaha Mo­tor Europe says Yamaha are com­mit­ted to a long-term pro­gramme with the ma­chine.

“Our plans en­com­pass all el­e­ments of off-road rac­ing – a fac­tory team, de­vel­op­ment of cus­tomer cars, up­grades and a driver of the year award,” said Bryant. “The YXZ100R is so good, we want the whole mar­ket to see it.”

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