Yamaha MotoGP Team Unveils 2016 M1 Race Bike Livery

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Reveals the 2016 MotoGP Season Line Up in Barcelona

Rossi & Lorenzo Unveil 2016 Yamaha Race Bikes
Rossi & Lorenzo Unveil 2016 Yamaha Race Bikes
MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi pull the covers off of their 2016 YZR-M1 race bikes in Barcelona.©Motorcyclist

Today in Barcelona, the Italian-based Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team officially launched their 2016 campaign to defend last year's MotoGP Triple Crown victory. Though the team has been on winter break since the Valencia test in November 2015, they have not been idle. The Yamaha engineers carried through extensive development of the YZR-M1 all through the winter and the same dedication was given by the Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo and Italian rider Valentino Rossi whilst completing thorough training to be ready for the next season.   For the third year in a row, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team and Spanish company Telefónica form a strong partnership ready to oppose the competition in the premier class of road racing. Their present five-year collaboration started in 2014 and has proven to be a recipe for success, making Telefónica's headquarters the perfect venue to unveil the 2016 livery for Lorenzo and Rossi's YZR-M1s.

Lorenzo's Yamaha MotoGP race bike
World Champion Jorge Lorenzo's #99 YZR-M1 for 2016
Side view of Jorge Lorenzo's #99.©Motorcyclist
Front and rear view of Lorenzo's M1
Jorge Lorenzo's #99 M1
Front and rear view of Lorenzo's #99 race bike for 2016.©Motorcyclist

Five-time World Champion Lorenzo had a challenging start to the 2015 season but turned his fortunes around after the fourth round in Jerez, which he led from start to finish. Once he returned to winning form, he became unstoppable and duplicated his dominating win at the following three rounds, breaking the record for leading most consecutive laps. Back in the game, he chased his teammate, who was leading the standings, to arrive at Silverstone in joint first place. The duel for the title between the teammates would last until the very last lap of the final round in Valencia; in the end it was Lorenzo who got to lift the Championship trophy with his seventh win of the season.

Right side view of Rossi's M1 race bike
Valentino Rossi's #46 YZR-M1 for 2016
Right-side view of Rossi's #46.©Motorcyclist
Front and Rear view of #46
Valentino Rossi's #46
Front and rear view of the new #46 YZR-M1 for 2016.©Motorcyclist

Nine-time world champion Rossi had racing fans all over the world cheering in 2015 thanks to his impressive season. He made clear he meant business right at the first round in Qatar, which he won. 'The Doctor' went on to secure eleven more consecutive podium finishes and topped the standings for most of the season. In total Rossi only missed out on the podium three times through 2015 and was a more than deserving runner-up, with just a five-point difference to his teammate.

The team now travels to Malaysia where the season will officially kick off with the first test at Sepang on February 1st to 3rd. This will be the first opportunity for the riders to break in the 2016 YZR-M1 before attending two more winter tests in Phillip Island (Australia) and Losail (Qatar), while getting ready to begin the championship in Qatar on March 20th.

Rossi & Lorenzo Unveil 2016 Yamaha Race Bikes
Rossi & Lorenzo Unveil 2016 Yamaha Race Bikes
Five-time World Champion Lorenzo: “I really love the 2016 livery and I can’t wait to put the YZR-M1 to action."©Motorcyclist

2016 YAMAHA YZR-M1 TECHNICAL SPECS

ENGINE: 1000cc Liquid cooled inline four-cylinder with crossplane crankshaft

POWER: Over 240 horsepower, 176KW

ECU: By Magneti Marelli, in accordance with FIM Regulations

TRANSMISSION: Six-speed cassette-type gearbox with alternative gear ratios available

CHASSIS: Aluminium twin tube deltabox with multi-adjustable steering geometry. Aluminium swingarm

SUSPENSION: Öhlins upside-down front forks and Öhlins rear shock.

WHEELS: 17-inch MFR forged magnesium front and rear

TIRES: Michelin, 17-inch front and rear, available as slick, intermedium and wet tires

BRAKES: Brembo, two 320mm or 340mm carbon front discs, two four-piston calipers. Single stainless steel rear disc, twin-piston caliper

WEIGHT: 157 Kg, in accordance with FIM Regulations