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Yamaha to donate $700,000 to Ukraine

Kirk Miller
6 May 2022 |
Updated: 6 May 2022

MotoGP team Yamaha has announced that it is to donate $700,000 worth of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. It will donate the funds through a non-profit organisation called Japan Platform.

Yamaha joins a growing list of sporting entities to have stepped forward to offer help to war-torn Ukraine.

Yamaha sends help to Ukraine

In a statement released ahead of the Qatar GP, the first race of the new season, Yamaha detailed its intention to send financial aid to Ukraine. The firm stated that the funds will explicitly be used for humanitarian aid in the country and in surrounding areas.

Yamaha, which had Fabio Quartararo finish the 2021 season as the world champion, also expressed its “deepest sympathies” with the people of Ukraine following the invasion by Russia.

Ahead of the opening race of the new MotoGP season, all of the riders lined up for the usual pre-season group photo on the starting grid. This year, the group did so in front of a banner that read ‘United for peace’ as the sport recognised the war in Ukraine.

Some riders also had the same message worn on their helmets for the Qatar GP, while the livery of some of the motorcycles was updated to include the same message of support.

FIM cuts ties with Russia

The FIM, which is the governing body of the MotoGP, announced the cancellation of all events in Russia, plus the suspension of licence holders from Russia and Belarus. This means that they will be unable to compete in any of the sanctioned races.

This includes Russian Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin being unable to compete in the F1 season for Haas, which severed its ties with sponsor Uralkali, a company that is owned by Mazepin’s father.

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