Genichi Kawakami, Founder of Yamaha, 1912 – 2002

Genichi Kawakami, Founder of Yamaha, 1912 – 2002

Genichi Kawakami, the man who established Yamaha Motor Co. in 1955, died Saturday May 25th at the age of 90 in Hamamatsu, Japan.



[img1] His success story begins in 1937. After commercial studies, Mr. Kawakami joined the company was run by his father, Nippon Gakki Co. He became president in 1950 and revolutionized the manufacturing process of pianos. Mr. Kawakami grew the company into the world’s top manufacturer of pianos. Five years later, the history of Yamaha Motor Co. began. Mr. Genichi had to imagine the reconversion of his machine tools shortly after the defeat against the Allies in 1945.



He decided it should be the motorcycling industry. The first 125 YA-1 left the factory in January 1955.



Mr. Kawakami handed over the leadership of Yamaha to his son Hiroshi in 1983.



[img2] Mr. Kawakami died but leaves a philosophical heritage, which every motorcyclist hopes for: “We create Kando. Kando is the word we use in Japanese to express feelings of excitement and deep satisfaction”.



Courtesy of NIPPON NEWS / Laurent Benchana







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World Motocross – Round 5 – ITALY

Castiglione Del Lago





French riders win all three classes. Smets bike broke in the 500 main.





500 Grand Prix Results:



1. Yves DeMaria – KTM

2. Marnicq Bervoets – YAM

3. Stefan Everts – YAM

4. Javier Garcia Vico – KTM

5. Pierrick Paget – HON





250 Grand Prix Results:



1. Mickael Pichon – SUZ

2. Josh Coppins – HON

3. Pit Beirer – HON

4. Andrew McFarlane – KAW

5. Johnny Aubert – YAM





125 Grand Prix Results:



1. Mickael Maschio – KAW

2. Ben Townley – KTM

3. Patrick Caps – KTM

4. Serge Guidetty – YAM

5. Steve Ramon – KTM





500 Point Standings:



1. Stefan Everts – 112

2. Marnicq Bervoets – 96

3. Javier Garcia Vico – 86

4. Joel Smets – 81

5. Andrea Bartolini – 76





250 Point Standings:



1. Mickael Pichon – 113

2. Josh Coppins – 96

3. Pit Beirer – 90

4. Ken Gundersen – 82

5. Frederic Bolley – 69





125 Point Standings:



1. Mickael Maschio – 110

2. Patrick Caps – 94

3. Steve Ramon – 79

4. Philippe Dupasquier – 78

5. Ben Townley – 76

World Motocross – Round 4 – FRANCE

World Motocross – Round 4 – FRANCE

Stefan Everts win his 52nd career GP on the St. Jean d’Angely circuit, and lead the 500cc points chase. Mickael Pichon wins the 250 race on his ‘home’ track, with countryman Frederic Bolley second. Steve Ramon of Belgium wins 125 Grand Prix.



500 Grand Prix:



1. Stefan Everts – YAM

2. Yves DeMaria – KTM

3. Vico Garcio – KTM

4. Andrea Bartolini – HON

5. Joel Smets – KTM







500 Point Standings:



1. Stefan Everts – 92

2. Joel Smets – 81

3. Andrea Bortolini – 76

4. Marnicq Bervoets – 74

5. Vico Garcia – 68







259 Grand Prix:



1. Mickael Pichon – SUZ

2. Frederic Bolley

3. Josh Coppins

4. Pit Beirer

5. James Dobb – KTM







250 Point Standings:



1.Mickael Pichon – 88

2. Josh Coppins – 74

3. Pit Beirer – 70

4. Frederic Bolley – 69

5. Ken Gundersen – 67







125 Grand Prix:



1. Steve Ramon – KTM

2. Mickael Maschio – KAW

3. Patrick Caps – KTM

4. Alessandro Puzar – HUS

5. Philippe Dupasquier – KTM

6. Trampas Parker – KTM







125 Point Standings:



1. Mickael Maschio – 85

2. Patrick Caps – 74

3. Philippe Dupasquier – 65

4. Steve Ramon – 63

5. Alessandro Puzar- 62





Courtesy Stefan Geukens/YAMAHA L&M MOTOCROSS TEAM



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SurferCross!

SurferCross!





It was Monday August 5 at Saddleback MX Park, and Tuesday August 6 at San Onofre State Beach. Boniface, Byrne, Campbell, Ferry, Fonseca, Garcia, Gonzalez, Johnson, Langston, Reed, Roncada, Sorby … world caliber riders & surfers!



SurferCross is all about having fun. It’s put together by Jeremy Albrecht (his regular job being a race tech with Kawasaki’s MX Team, specifically James Stewart) with Mike Parsons. This was the fourth annual event. Also helping were Fox Racing, Oakley, Boost Mobile, Asterisk, Wahoo’s fish tacos, and Turtle Bay Hilton. Yamaha and Kawasaki helped supply bikes for some surfers, with Hansens supplying the drinks.



Michael Byrne and his partner Garth Tarlow won the moto event. Rick Johnson and Sunny Garcia won the surfing comp, and took the two day overall as well.





Overall Results:



1. Rick Johnson/Sunny Garcia

2. Joel Albrecht/Mike Parsons

3. Michael Byrne/Garth Tarlow

4. Ernesto Fonseca & Scott Farnsworth

5. Johnny Campbell & Josh Montgomery

6. Steve Boniface & Ryan Rawson

7. Chad Reed & Danny Nichols

8. Grant Langston & Ryan Sakal

9. Dana Wiggins & Josh Sleigh

10. Stephane Roncada & Casey Kurtis

11. Jimmy Lewis & Christian Fletch

12. Tim Ferry & Nathan Carrol

13. Bryan McGarvan & Matt King

14. Jeremy Albrecht & Matt Archibold

15. Ryan Dudek & Adam Wickmire

16. Eric Sorby & Jay Larson

17. Billy Frank & Ronnie Nelson

18. Dave Castillo & Cordell Miller




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Michael Byrne gets the handoff of the wrist band

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Michael Byrne

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Tim Ferry, Stephane Roncada wait for their surf team-mates

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Tim Ferry rode the new YZ 450

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Frank Hoppen

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Grant Langston rode a four-stroke. He hauled!

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Stephane Roncada, Eric Sorby, Rick Johnson, Steve Boniface

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Jeremy Albrecht

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Johnny Campbell talks strategy

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Grant Langston

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Luke!

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Mercedes Gonzalez

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All the moto guys waiting for their surfer guys to come by

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Chad Reed, Michael Byrne

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Rick Johnson

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Rick Johnson (this is the take off ramp)

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Stephane Roncada

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Stephane gets ready to fly

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Sunny Garcia

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Terry Beal

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Saddleback MX Park

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Johnny Campbell

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Tim Ferry

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Rick Johnson, Luke Johnson, Sunny Garcia

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Grant Langston

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Sunny Garcia, Rick Johnson

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Stephane Roncada



A Day In The Dirt – The Movie!

A Day In The Dirt – The Movie!





(Yes, THE Academy of Motion Pictures where they give out those small, gold statuettes to famous performers!) Red Carpet, Celebs – Alexander, Brown, Chandler, Fonseca, Gonzalez, Holley, Johnson, Keefe, Lackey, Lee, McCoy, McGrath, Roberts, Cousin Tracy, etc. etc.



The Day In the Day movie brings back what motorcycling is all about – fun! Shot in beautiful HD format, it highlights the 2001 Day In The Dirt event, which has become a classic in just five years. The movie has a tie-in to the classic On Any Sunday, including excellent old school footage of the first international motocross races in the USA, along with fantastic shots of J. N. Roberts in the desert.



It will be available next month on video & DVD.



Special thanks to Carrie Keefe.



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Jimmy Roberts, Rick Johnson, Bruce Brown, J. N. Roberts

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‘Cousin Tracy’, Carrie ‘The Magician’ Keefe

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Mr. & Mrs. Natvig

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A vintage J. N. Roberts Husqvarna

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Almost showtime!

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Troy Lee doing a little TV

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Rick & Stephanie Johnson walking in L A!

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