Yamaha expands support of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

YAMAHA EXPANDS SUPPORT TO ENSURE U.S. FANS HAVE MOTOGP FOR YEARS TO COME Partnership With SCRAMP Will Continue Through 2010 MONTEREY, Calif. (April 11, 2006) -- The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) announced ...

YAMAHA EXPANDS SUPPORT TO ENSURE U.S. FANS HAVE MOTOGP FOR YEARS TO COME
Partnership With SCRAMP Will Continue Through 2010

MONTEREY, Calif. (April 11, 2006) -- The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) announced today that Yamaha Motor Corporation has extended its partnership with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that will ensure its support of the facility through 2010.

A "Proud Sponsor of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix", Yamaha has contributed a significant portion of the $7 million in safety modifications and improvements this year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This falls on the heels of the $2 million in changes contributed by Yamaha that allowed the MotoGP World Championship to return to the United States and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2005. The 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix was the largest event in the 50-year history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with a weekend attendance of 153,563.

"After the success of last year's event, we all jumped at the opportunity to continue our relationship with SCRAMP," said Bob Starr, Corporate Communications Manager of Yamaha Motor Corporation. "The funds will ultimately be used to improve rider safety and ensure everyone will enjoy MotoGP racing here in the U.S. for years to come."

The Yamaha Marketplace, the well-known and highly attended vendor area located in the lakebed area of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, will also continue through 2010. The Yamaha Marketplace contains vendors representing all areas of motorsports, motor sport memorabilia, motorcycling and motorcycling accessories. The Yamaha Marketplace also received significant expansion in 2006 allowing more area for fans and will also include an 8,000 square foot official Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca souvenir superstore during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

"Without Yamaha's initial involvement with SCRAMP, there would not have been a Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca," said Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "To know that Yamaha was willing to step to the plate and continue that support through 2010 allows us to continue to host the MotoGP World Championship for the foreseeable future and keep Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca among the world's premier racing facilities."

Tickets for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's 50th Season of Racing, including the U.S. Sports Car Invitational featuring the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series May 5-7, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 21-23, the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races August 18-20 and the Monterey Sports Car Championships featuring the American Le Mans Series October 20-22, are on-sale now.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (800) 327-SECA or on-line at www.laguna-seca.com.

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