Yamaha donates 2022 YZF-R7 to charity

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, is pleased to partner with the Rookies of ’79 and Friends charity for the 2022 season to help raise funds to support injured flat track racers and their families. Yamaha has chosen to donate an all-new 2022 YZF-R7 accessorized in World GP 60th Anniversary livery and gold wheels to be raffled off at a season-long fundraiser in conjunction with the 2022 American Flat Track (AFT) race series. Tickets for the raffle will be sold at each AFT round, and a winner will be drawn at the final round of the championship at Volusia Speedway in Florida on October 15, 2022. Additionally, Yamaha is also donating a free year of Yamaha Extended Service (YES) warranty coverage on the R7.

“I’m proud and happy that we were able to donate this Yamaha YZF-R7 to the Rookies of ’79 charity, enabling them to raise funds to fulfill their mission of helping riders and families in need.” , said Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager Derek Brooks. “It’s a fantastic organization that does amazing work for the racing community. And as a former flat tracker myself, it’s a cause close to my heart.”

Founded by a group of friends and former professional track racers who made up the legendary class of 1979 rookies from the golden era of American flat-track racing, the Rookies of ’79 and Friends charity was launched with mission to provide financial aid to the injured. flat track riders and their families when they need it most. A fan-based charity, Rookies of ’79 raises funds primarily through sales and raffles of donated memorabilia, as well as donations from fans, other riders and sponsors. The money raised helps provide an immediate safety net for amateur and professional runners who often find themselves with exorbitant costs and inadequate insurance coverage from injuries sustained while pursuing their passion for racing.


“The Rookies of ’79, the official charity of American Flat Track, is blessed and honored to be associated with Yamaha Motor Corp. for the 2022 season,” said Rookies of ’79 Executive Director Charlie Roberts. “Yamaha has provided the charity with a new Yamaha 2022 YZF-R7 to use as the featured raffle bike for the season. The bike will be customized in the iconic white and red World GP 60th Anniversary likeness and will be available for viewing at all American Flat Track events. Yamaha’s generosity with this donation in support of the charity’s mission, supporting injured racers and their families, as well as their support of Estenson Racing, is a true testament to their commitment to American track racing. flat. Rookies of ’79 is proud to be part of the Yamaha family!

For fans or supporters wishing to purchase a 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 raffle ticket, Rookies of ’79 merchandise, memorabilia, or simply to donate, please visit the Rookies of ’79 website at rookies79.com or visit the Rookies of ’79 tent at National American Flat Track events and a variety of regional flat track events throughout the 2022 racing season.

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Earnest L. Veasey