Press Release: Yamaha Launches MotoGP Challenge

Yamaha issued the following press release, announcing the start of the MotoGP Challenge, a chance to win Yamaha bikes in the special red and white 50th anniversary livery used by Yamaha in 2011:

Lorenzo and Spies Team Up with Yamaha Motor Europe for The MotoGP Challenge

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 19th September 2012

Yamaha Factory Racing stars Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have teamed up with Yamaha Motor Europe to give you the chance to win in their MotoGP Challenge.

In 2011 Yamaha celebrated its 50th year in Grand Prix racing with a special red and white livery used by the stars on track as they fought for MotoGP glory. To celebrate this Yamaha Motor Europe has created a limited number of special bikes. Three European winners could win either a 50th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1, a 50th Anniversary Yamaha FZ-8 or a 50th Anniversary Aerox scooter.

The challenge started on the 19th of August during the Indianapolis GP race weekend. The first two challenges are now open for entries and you will have until the 28th October to complete all six challenges!

All the details of the competition and how to get started are available on the European Yamaha Racing facebook page,, or if you want to go directly to the campaign, head over to to register and get started! There’s also a cool short video - - featuring both Jorge and Ben and the bikes you could win.

Jorge Lorenzo
Yamaha Factory Racing Rider

“We hope you have as much fun completing the challenges as we did making the video! It was cool hanging out at the Yamaha Dealership where we shot the film and getting to play with all the great products and bikes they have there, a real treat! We all thought the red and white colour scheme was really special and it was amazing to be part of the 50th Anniversary last year. You have to enter the competition to try and win one of the bikes so you can be part of it too!”

Ben Spies
Yamaha Factory Racing Rider

“The 50th Anniversary red and white livery is my all-time favourite colour scheme, it brought me a lot of good luck last year and some pretty impressive MotoGP results! Take on our challenges and see if you can be lucky too!”


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Facebook? No other way to take part?
Well i guess that means no R1 for me, too bad.

Not yet, but I'm convinced they would if the could get away with it.
In my opinion, Facebook is pretty much evil. I was probably one of the earlier adopters here in Germany, until i get fed up with the crap that some acquaintances of acquaintances of mine wrote that ended up on my wall. But what really made me "delete my account" (I'm pretty sure a lot of my stuff still exists somewhere), was their decision to censor torrent links in private messages.

Even if torrents in itself are only a file format containing hashes of files, and are not necessarily used for copyright infringement, i would understand if they removed them from public parts of the network. But removing them from personal messages that are intended for your and my eyes only is censorship in my book.

Now connect this with mandatory Facebook email addresses and the fact that Facebook is building their own search engine.
Facebook tries to become your main entry point into the internet, much as Google already is for many people, alas. They try to fragment the internet, and to create a Facebook-(!inter)net, where they are your gatekeeper.
If you want any evidence that this is already happening, just open the Yamaha link above.

If Facebook, who have shown to be in favor of censorship, control what a very large portion of internet users get to see or not to see, then that destroys the spirit of the open and unrestricted exchange of information the internet made possible.

Google's dominance is not less problematic btw. The only difference not being their slogan "Don't be evil", but rather that they haven't yet shown such a strong bias towards censorship and evilness. They are smart enough to at least appear as opposing censorship.

Now let me elaborate a bit on why i said Facebook is evil.
For Facebook, you are not their customer, you are their product. They are in the business of collecting as much as possible of your information, and selling it to the highest bidder.
Know anyone who writes emails on a regular basis and who doesn't have a Facebook account? Well, you are wrong!
When i signed up for Facebook, i was wondering how on earth could they connect me with people that i in fact knew, but that had almost no real-life connection to me.
The solution is that there was an account for my email address long before i signed up. Facebook offers a feature where you can automatically connect to people you know by allowing Facebook access to your email address-book.
What they don't tell you, is that they will also take all emails (and addresses, and phone numbers) for that no Facebook account exists, and create one for it.

Do you know what the like button or the Facebook widget that is embedded in almost every website nowadays does? It shows you how many people liked particular content, or which and how many people are fans of something.
But it does more. When you open a webpage that uses this widget, a little bit of code is downloaded from Facebook servers. If you are logged in into Facebook (and sometimes even if you aren't:, Facebook can generate a detailed profile of your every movement you do on the web. It knows what pages you visited, what articles you read and how long you spent there until you opened the next page. This all without you clicking the "Like"-button.

So far, so commonplace.
Google does the same, and so do other companies.

But Facebook is on a different level IMO. Some of the stuff Zuckerberg did in Facebook's early days is hard to believe.
There is evidence that he used passwords from failed login attempts at Facebook to hack into the email accounts of reporters.

Maybe he didn't outright steal the idea for his social network from the Winklevoss brothers, but at the very least he actively sabotaged their project while he was bringing his own project forward.
If you are interested in this, watch the movie "The Social Network", it's pretty accurate.

And there is a lot of stuff that makes Facebook appear worse than other companies. For example, an Austrian law student who tried to get his personal information from Facebook (for which you have the legal right in Europe), had to sue until Facebook finally started to provide him with some of the information they were legally obliged to provide.

Facebook does a lot of dirty things like changing their policies to give third parties access to your address and phone number, and hope they get away with it:

And even if they wouldn't constantly try to get away with stuff like that, their frequent security breaches means the information you put into Facebook isn't save.

That's the reason why I resigned my Facebook account. And that I didn't want to be called a "dumb fuck":

Maybe i am paranoid, but that doesn't mean they are not out there to get me. Sorry for all the text, but you asked! ;)

not to get off on a tangent since this is moto forum, but you may count me in as someone who has ALSO deleted their account. got rid of my "facetube"over a year and a half ago. all's it took for me was simply a watch of "the social network". while certainly a great movie, i decided i wanted no parts of helping "enrich" a guy who screws over his friends. "jackwagons" of his ilk are what's wrong with society now.

After all the hype and PR and advertising and publicity and shouting from the rooftops about the distinctive sound (which really IS fantastic) coming from the R1's "Big Bang" engine, who is the GENIUS that decided to do all the street riding sound dubbing of JUST the FZ's inline 4, but not the awesome-sounding R1, when it was being ridden? STUPID.

Here in America, Yamaha ran an ad all last year promoting the unique benefits of unique Yamaha designs-one of the biggest featured innovations being the cross-plane crankshaft of the R1-and for that commercial, when they showed the R1 screaming around a track, they dubbed in the sound of an inline 4. Exactly HOW MUCH did Yamaha pay to have these videos made?

Otherwise, a pretty good video. I was just surprised and slightly taken aback by the fact that Ben's bike didn't blow up or fall apart halfway through the video... :-P

Loved the final scene where they are offered the kiddimotos. I can't resist making a plug here - got a kiddimoto (Bradley smith replica) for my kid early last year age 3. After a year bombing around on that bought him a proper bicycle, left training wheels at showroom. Within 2 hours and very little help from me he was riding, by 4th hour and 3rd session he had mastered pretty much all of it. 2 weeks ago he did a 15km ride with me, up and down hills age 4. Beyond doubt his balance and control were learned on the kiddie Moto.

They also sponsor Danny Webb so a pretty switched on company!

But no, he's not getting the R1!!

FB is a pretty big leech of time and energy on top of everything else.

BUT... and I'm playing devil's advocate here... it is free. That's pretty much the implied consent rule of the internet these days, if you get something for free, you've pretty much resigned to giving up your privacy while you're using the site and it's widgets.

If you want the R1 why not just create a dummy account with an email you'll never use?

BTW I appreciate your passion on the subject, internet anonymity and net neutrality are important parts of the interwebs we should fight to protect.

I could do that, but I deleted my account to make a statement. The extremely slim chances of me winning the R1 aren't worth feeling bad over my fake account upping the number of accounts by one.
I think I will rather contact Yamaha Motor Europe and ask if there is a way to take part without a Facebook account.