Movistar Yamaha have officially presented their 2016 MotoGP challenger at the headquarters of Telefonica in Barcelona this morning. The team will be defending their Rider’s, Team’s and Manufacturer’s championships this season and the mood was positive as Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi unveiled their new machine.
Lorenzo snatched his third MotoGP crown at the final race after a season-long battle with Rossi and the Spaniard believes the experience has made him mentally stronger heading into the defence of his title.
“Revealing the bike and the team is always a very special occasion. After the winter break it‘s nice to greet the team again and it‘s almost as if we never had a stop between the seasons at all; everything falls right back into place. The revealing of the bike is something I‘ve looked forward too for many weeks. After my strong performance last year I‘m very motivated and I‘m itching to get back aboard my YZR-M1.”
“I really love the 2016 livery and I can‘t wait to put the YZR-M1 to action. With a new season come new challenges and I am sure we can overcome all trials that will come our way. I have spent a big part of the winter break training to be a 100 per cent prepared to defend the MotoGP World Championship Title. Last year our package was very strong and we broke and equaled many records. We also got to climb on many podiums and I am certain we will see plenty more of that this season. Last year may have been a year with some ups and downs for me, but this has allowed me to learn to keep fighting until the end and I think we can use it to our benefit this year. Bring on the first test in Sepang!”
Having come so close to a tenth world championship last year, Rossi is looking to use that heartache as extra motivation for the 2016 campaign. With some key regulation changes coming into effect, the Italian also sees an opportunity to steal a march early on.
“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.”