The 2018 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP staff has unveiled its new liveries and bikes in Madrid simply 4 days earlier than the primary official pre-season take a look at in Sepang. The presentation was hosted in Spain as a result of new five-year settlement signed between Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing and Telefónica Spain, which can see Movistar because the title sponsor throughout the contract.
“We’re honoured to start out the fifth yr with our title sponsor Movistar – a model that has nice heritage within the MotoGP championship,” says Kouichi Tsuji, Common Supervisor Motorsports Division, YMC. “We loved actually essential and really optimistic moments within the first 4 years of our collaboration. This yr we launched the brand new 2018 bike in Madrid once more, near the house of Telefónica Spain. From this second on we start a brand new season, with a recent livery and an up to date staff emblem, to focus on the union between Yamaha and Movistar in addition to to mark the start of this new chapter.”
Yamaha was set on celebrating the longer term slightly than dwelling on the previous, as final yr proved to be considerably troublesome for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP staff. 9-time world champion Valentino Rossi ended the season in fifth place after struggling accidents that took him out of title rivalry. With 115 Grand Prix victories to his identify, we hope to see Valentino preventing for the 10th world title in 2018.
“Sincerely, I’m trying ahead to beginning the brand new season,” says Valentino. “Final yr, I had one win and 6 podiums, but in addition some issues and accidents. We wish to make our fifth yr with Movistar memorable, so this yr we can be pushing as exhausting as we will. The take a look at in Sepang can be essential. It’s the primary alternative for my guys to get collectively this yr, which can be enjoyable, however we’ll quickly get critical, as a result of we wish to get an concept of our degree as quickly as potential.”
Maverick Viñales claimed third within the general factors standings in his first yr with the Yamaha MotoGP staff. After topping each pre-season take a look at and taking the highest step of the rostrum within the first two rounds, Viñales appeared as a pressure to be reckoned with. Sadly, it didn’t final, with the mid-season offering some difficult races, though the Spaniard nonetheless landed on the rostrum on seven totally different events.
“Final yr we had a extremely sturdy begin on the first few rounds and we completed third within the championship,” states Maverick. “This yr we’ll attempt to enhance on what we did final yr. Now we have a extremely good staff, so I believe it’s solely pure that we purpose for the win in each race and finally for the championship title, however after all we’ll solely obtain this if we keep centered each session and push as exhausting as we will.”
With the reveal of the brand new motorbike liveries and rider’s fits, the largest visible distinction can be the Movistar M altering from inexperienced to white to raised mix with the Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing aesthetics.
The primary pre-season take a look at in Sepang is correct across the nook, and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP staff is ready and able to proceed working collectively to supply a platform to problem for title rivalry in 2018.
“Throughout the upcoming pre-season testing we won’t be sitting nonetheless both,” says Managing Director, Lin Jarvis. “We see the beginning of 2018 as likelihood to start out afresh. We’ll be taking new alternatives with each arms and have set the objective to push ourselves that bit additional.
“We even have a brand new staff emblem and up to date livery options that visualise the sturdy partnership between Movistar and Yamaha,” continues Jarvis. “I’m positive Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are equally impatient because the followers to get the present again on the street. At Yamaha we’re very a lot conscious that, although riders are on their very own after they head out on monitor, racing is actually a bunch effort. The riders’ dedication and dedication can be matched by that of our engineers and staff employees, in addition to the companions and sponsors, so I’m trying ahead to a aggressive season.”
We at MO are excited for the MotoGP motion to start out up once more, even when it’s solely staff displays and pre-season testing. We sit up for one other thrilling yr of Grand Prix racing and apparently, the budding profession of the Movistar Yamaha duo’s foray into rock n’ roll or one thing like that.