And its sponsorship of the MotoGP
In a rather unsurprising move, the cigarette brand Camel is pulling out of motorsport, thus ending its MotoGP partnership with the Yamaha factory team of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards.
Following are both Camel and Yamaha press
“Four intense years of sportsmanship in which the yellow livery of Camel was an unmistakable presence on the track and a symbol of success: 11 victories and 23 podiums.
Camel is leaving international motorsport and its sponsorship of the MotoGP, which started in 2003 and ended with the very special year with Yamaha that has just come to a close.
Working with a great Japanese motorcycle manufacturer like Yamaha and with the World Championship organizer Dorna has been a privilege for the Camel team.
We would like to thank all those with whom we have shared this passion and these successes.
Our most sincere thanks go to Yamaha for its professionalism in the partnership, to all the riders who have flown our colors on circuits around the world, and to all our fans.”
Following Camel's recent announcement, Yamaha Factory Racing would like to express its thanks to Camel and Japan Tobacco International for their partnership and support over the 2006 MotoGP season.
Our thanks go out to all those involved in the project; they have formed an important part of our team over the past year.
It has been a great honour for Yamaha to work with such an experienced sponsor and Camel's enthusiasm throughout the season has been greatly appreciated by the entire Yamaha Factory Racing Team and the Yamaha Motor Group.”
Press releases Camel and Yamaha