The 2016 MotoGP season is almost upon us and Yamaha held their launch event yesterday in Barcelona to launch the new 2016 YZR-M1 that the factory Yamaha team will be racing for 2016….and to be honest, the livery is not that much different to 2015.
Movistar continue as the primary sponsor for 2016, and the major differences for the 2016 season will be the fact that all bikes will now be on Michelin tyres and all bikes with a new new control ECU (which many rider’s have criticized in testing).
During the presentation and subsequent questions that followed Valentino couldn’t resist having a slight dig at Lorenzo by saying: “I’ve always respected Jorge Lorenzo, he’s respected me a little less. Let’s hope the respect will be mutual this season.”
Valentino also revealed that he is considering racing past 2016 and would like to end his career at Yamaha if he was to continue. Rossi said: “I would like to race also after 2016. In any case, I will end my career with Yamaha. I want to try to be at the level I’ve had for the past two years. Then we’ll see whether I can fight for the title.”
If you have the time (it is on for over an hour) you can watch the full presentation here that also features interviews and Q&A sessions with Lin Jarvis, Valentino Rossi, and Jorge Lorenzo.
Here is the full press release from Valentino Rossi that was released by Yamaha Racing:
“It may be my 17th season in MotoGP’s premier class, but the start of the season is always exciting for me. I have a very special relationship with my YZR-M1 and the launch of the team is like unwrapping a late Christmas present! When you’re doing the team presentation, you know that the start of the season is just around the corner. I had a very strong season last year and my hunger to win has only grown since then. Finishing second two years in a row shows how consistently strong my riding and the Yamaha team is and this year we’re going to raise our level even further. Yamaha has put in a lot of effort during the winter to get the bike in top shape, and I trained strenuously to be ready to start work at the first test in Sepang. We are competing against the best riders and teams in the world, so we’ll have to push to the maximum every step of the way, starting with pre-season testing.
“The 2016 livery is really eye-catching and I like it a lot, seeing the bike only made me want to ride it more, but unfortunately I have to wait a little longer… I look forward to starting work with my team again. Like last year, we will give our all to achieve the best possible results. It will be interesting to see how we get on with the new ECU software and the Michelin tyres, I’m confident that we can make it another great year and will be able to challenge for victory.”
So just who are all those sponsors on Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP bike anyway? Full list below:
Movistar (Title Sponsor)
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation (ENEOS): http://www.noe.jx-group.co.jp/english
Monster Energy Corporation:http://www.monsterenergy.com
Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturer:http://www.yamaha-motor.co.id
Racing Boy: http://www.racingboy.com.my
NGK Spark Plugs: http://www.ngkntk.co.jp/english
BMC Air Filters: http://www.bmcairfilters.com/eng/home/index
Yamaha Corporation (Yamaha Music): http://www.yamaha.com