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View our column profiling 50 years of involvement in racing. Looking to the world stage Yamaha’s first overseas

The Yamaha Team arrived in Los about 10 days before the and began practicing on terrain to the Catalina course. AP reporters to interview the team from

After building its foundation as a maker in Japan on race at the Mount Fuji Ascent and the Asama Highlands Race, was ready for its next corporate Across the Pacific lay the big American Coast market centered in Los Race success had proved a weapon in Japan, but could bikes compete internationally and the way to a new market?

That would be the challenge.

After exploring possibilities, it was decided that a team would enter the 8th GP in 1958. All of the major dealers staff visited in California them the same answer: was the most influential race for the Coast market.

The Catalina GP was one of the premier motorcycle events on the American West held on Santa Catalina 40 km to the southwest of Los Angeles. The race was run on a rough course full of and sharp turns, and even sections littered with stones that threatened the constantly. To conquer this course, Yamaha brought five of its twin-cylinder, 2-… YD

This model that had developed for the equally challenging 2nd Highlands Race in Japan and be called the company’s first racer. For the Catalina race it was modified in scrambler style an up-slanting muffler, raised and raised footrests. The rider included Yamaha’s Fumio Ito and experienced American riders.

Without much information what kind of race to the Yamaha engineers relied on articles about past to modify and tune the YD race

On race day, May 3rd, spectators gathered on Santa Island to watch a truly contest with a field many of the world’s leading makes. Competing against the Harleys in this grand were West German Maico and NSU models, the Austrian and British Velocette and BSA machines. As to this race come all the way the Pacific, quite a bit of attention on the Yamaha machine and its Japanese Ito.

For Ito, his first overseas turned out to be a rude awakening. The found him at the very back of the eating the dust of the machines in of him. Blinded by the cloud of Ito took a fall in the early but was quickly back on his Yamaha and to make up lost ground. As a the Catalina course was changed year, using a mix of public and dirt sections, so no one could on the course beforehand.

As a result, half of the riders in front of Ito sight of the course during the going.

Once outside the of Avalon, the Catalina course was a trail of steep ups and downs and curve. Five times than the Mount Fuji Race, said Ito.

Now was Ito’s chance to show his Once again at the back of the in the blinding cloud of dust, he all and gave his Yamaha full It was a furious charge that him up to 8th position by the end of the first lap. Ito and his were running at a pace outshone the other contestants.

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The eyes were glued to cannonball from the East as he three more riders on the lap.

Despite his determination, the of victory would not smile on Ito day. The tension and excitement of first overseas race had the Yamaha mechanics as well. they mistakenly replaced the instead of the right spark and to make things worse switched the high-tension cords.

When the machine wouldn’t they finally realized mistake, but by the time the machine was and Ito was out on the course again, he had already to 13th position.

With the cheering for him again, Ito opened up the and fought back to 10th on lap five. He continued to press to the taking 8th position on lap six and 7th by lap eight. He let up and his pace never slackened.

By the he took the checkered, Ito had recovered to 6th

For the excited crowd, however, thrilling charge had been one of the of the race. People who saw Ito’s on the Yamaha predicted that he win the race if he ran it again. Those were no comfort for Ito himself, He came away saying clear disappointment that the team was much stronger its 6th-place finish had shown.

The future would prove the of those words.

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