Yamaha to Cross Country and Dakar
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.”