Yamaha celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first world title with Phil Read at Misano on Saturday evening.

Read gave Yamaha its first world championship victory aboard the RD56 250cc machine on the 13th September 1964, at Monza in Italy.

To honour the occasion Read presented Masahiko Nakajima, president of Yamaha Motor Racing, and Marco Riva, general manager of Yamaha Motor Racing, with the original 1964 World Championship certificate.

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The certificate will now take its place at Yamaha's Hall of Fame in Japan. A copy has been made of the certificate that will be signed by all those present to mark the event; this will in turn be presented to Read to keep.

"This special evening to celebrate my bringing Yamaha's first world title to them after 50 years is like coming home to the happy team, the reception has been fantastic, its overwhelming for me to see I get this recognition. I'm lucky to be here after fifty years of racing!" said Read.

"It's also thrilling to be here in Misano with Jorge on pole and Valentino so close on the front row too. It's a little different now, from 1964; I came to Monza with two factory 250 Yamaha RD56s in the back of my car with one English mechanic and a Japanese mechanic who came over for the race in Monza. I think we had our carburettor settings written on a postcard!

"I still feel as much part of the Yamaha family today as I did then, and feel privileged to have started a run of world championship success that has continued to this day."

Read went on to win a total of eight world titles across four classes, 125, 250, 500 and 750. His career is littered with impressive achievements, including eight IOM TT race wins, 121 Grand Prix podiums and more 250cc world titles than any other rider. Alongside Mike Hailwood and Rossi, Read is one of the only riders to have won road racing championships in three or more classes.


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For those too young to understand the first comment in this thread it relates to 1968. Honda had pulled out of racing leaving Yamaha dominant.
Phil Read & Bill Ivy were both factory Yamaha riders (& friends at that point) and Yamaha 'decided' that Read should win the 125cc class and Ivy the 250.
Whilst Bill Ivy followed team orders and allowed Read to win in 125cc races, Read ignored the orders and took the 250cc title too, much to Ivy's anger.
Yamaha was also furious and Read never again rode for the factory team nor got any support from them from that point.
It all means that this 'event' smacks of hypocrisy in my view.
As for the second comment from Vilas46, well it just shows he is posting on matters about which he has no understanding whatsoever.

Well bully for you Pakundo, you've just read Phil Read's autobiography and so are now an expert.
And of course Phil Read's autobiography is totally factually accurate? He wouldn't want to put any sort of spin on events to justify what at times was a controversial career?
I suggest you do a bit more reading around the subject. Like for example why Read was described as the 'Team-mate from Hell' when he was with Agostini at MV. Or around the history of the TT and why he is far from popular with the fans there, even though he loves to gravitate around the Classic TT events now.
Also read up about Bill Ivy who apart from being very talented was a genuinely nice guy who was universally liked & respected and whom I had the privilege to meet once.
Keep reading son.