Vier Tage vor Beginn der IRTA-MotoGP-Testfahrten in Sepang/Malaysia präsentierte sich das Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team mit Valentino Rossi und Maverick Vinales in Madrid in leicht modifiziertem blauen Outfit für die Saison 2018, nachdem mit Hauptsponsor Telefonica nach vier Jahren Zusammenarbeit (seit 2014) nun ein neuer Fünfjahresvertrag abgeschlossen wurde. Verlautbart wurde auch, dass Maverick Vinales seinen Vertrag als Fahrer mit Yamaha bis 2020 verlängert hat.
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Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider: »I had a great time today! The team presentation is special every year, also for me, because when you see your bike in the new colours, you start to feel excited. During the winter break I always miss riding my M1, and after seeing it today I want to ride it as soon as possible. I only have to wait a few more days! Sincerely, I’m looking forward to starting the new season. Last year, I had one win and six podiums, but also some problems and injuries. We want to make our fifth year with Movistar memorable, so this year we will be pushing as hard as we can. The test in Sepang will be important. It’s the first opportunity for my guys to get together this year, which will be fun, but we’ll soon get serious, we want to get an idea of our level as soon as possible.«
Maverick Viñales – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider: »After more than two months of waiting, we are kicking off the new season. I’ve been working hard to prepare for the start and I’m looking forward to riding my M1 again. The bike, the new colour scheme, and also the new team logo look good, so judging by the looks of the team, we are ready to begin testing. Last year we had a really strong start at the first few rounds and we finished third in the championship. This year we’ll try to improve on what we did last year. We have a really good team, so I think it’s only natural that we aim for the win in every race and ultimately for the championship title, but of course we’ll only achieve this if we stay focused every session and push as hard as we can. We’ll be giving the 2018 bike a try in Sepang in a few days’ time, which is also where we held our last test of 2017. We’ll use that data to start the season in the best way possible. The first time you start the engine and hear the sound of your new bike is something special – it will be the sound of the new season. I’m looking forward to a great year!«
Interesting Notes & Numbers: The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team has a large global fanbase, that consistently expands both on and offline. Last year, the team’s of social Facebook page (@yamahamotogp) surpassed the 2.2 million followers and likes milestone. Moreover, race fans have shown their unfailing support of the team on Twitter (@YamahaMotoGP), where it has more than 500.000 followers. The team’s YouTube channel (Yamaha MotoGP) and Instagram account (@yamahamotogp) have also experienced significant growth over the last year, with more than 19.500 subscribers on YouTube and nearly 800.000 followers on Instagram, making Movistar Yamaha MotoGP the number one MotoGP Team on all social media.
Factory Yamaha YZR-M1: ENGINE 1000cc Liquid cooled inline four-cylinder with crossplane crankshaft. CHASSIS Aluminium twin tube Delta Box with multi- adjustable steering geometry. Aluminium swingarm. TRANSMISSION Six-speed cassette-type gearbox with alternative gear ratios available. WHEELS Forged Magnesium 17” front and rear. BRAKES Brembo, two 320 mm or 340 mm carbon front discs, two four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc, twin-piston calliper. POWER Over 240 horsepower, 176KW SUSPENSION Öhlins upside down front forks and Öhlins rear shock . ECU Magneti Marelli, in accordance with FIM Regulations. TYRES Michelin, 17” front and rear, available as slick and wet tyres. WEIGHT 157 kg, in accordance with FIM Regulations.
About Yamaha Factory Racing: Yamaha Factory Racing is Yamaha’s wholly-owned full-Factory Team in MotoGP. The team was founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a Factory-supported team in the 500cc class for the previous two years. A new company – Yamaha Motor Racing B.V. – was set up in the Netherlands to manage all but the technical side of Yamaha’s international racing activities and to run the team.
In 2005 Yamaha Motor Racing as a company completed the move from the Netherlands in order to create a single Yamaha MotoGP European operation in Italy (Yamaha Motor Racing Srl), strengthening and centralising the management of the team and all MotoGP operations.
Although responsibility for the technical aspects of MotoGP remains predominantly at Yamaha’s MotoGP Group in Japan, a number of Japanese engineering staff complete the European MotoGP set-up. The team is based in Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), close to Monza. The facility was rebuilt during 2008 and a new state-of-the-art facility was opened, giving the team a superb new headquarters with all technical, logistical, managerial and communications departments under one roof.
At the beginning of 2014, telecoms giant Telefónica Spain announced a new title sponsorship for the Yamaha team, using their well-known Movistar brand. The two parties signed for a five-year partnership, something previously unheard of in MotoGP.
As of 2018, Kouichi Tsuji becomes President of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, while Lin Jarvis is Managing Director, a position he has held since the start of the company in 2005. The experienced Italian former rider Massimo Meregalli continues as Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director, a position he has held since 2011.
Kouichi Tsuji – President Yamaha Motor Racing & General Manager of YMC Motorsports Development Division: »We are honoured to start the fth year with our title sponsor Movistar – a brand that has great heritage in the MotoGP championship. We enjoyed really important and very positive moments in the rst four years of our collaboration. This year we launched the new 2018 bike in Madrid again, close to the home of Telefónica Spain. From this moment on we begin a new season, with a fresh livery and an updated team logo, to highlight the union between Yamaha and Movistar as well as to mark the beginning of this new chapter. We are very fortunate to have two incredibly talented riders in our team. Both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales have a very strong bond with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team. I’m sure that, together with their crews – but also thanks to the support of the sponsors, partners, and fans – they will be able to get competitively for race wins. They can be assured that everybody involved in this project is committed to helping them achieve their goals, so we’re ready to challenge together for victory in 2018.«
Fotos: Yamaha Motor Racing, Video von Yamaha via Youtube