This year is the 50th anniversary of Yamaha in racing.  However, the departure of Valentino Rossi from the team and him being replaced by Ben Spies who is not a high profile rider along with the easy to dislike Jorge Lorenzo, has resulted in the team not having a title sponsor.  Yamaha is now funding its own operations completely.  However, the team has taken this opportunity to use its own colours and now it has shown a new livery which celebrates its fifty years in racing.  This livery will be used at Assen and Laguna Seca and feature a red and white scheme.  The bike looks gorgeous and has been praised by everyone including Spies and Lorenzo.