The alliance has been present in MotoGP for some time and the formation of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team has some cool and curious information behind it. Delve into 10 facts that might not have passed through a race fans’ radar!
1) 2019 will be the eleventh year that Monster Energy will be present on the fairing of a Yamaha MotoGP machine. The link started with the Tech 3 team and James Toseland and Colin Edwards were the first riders. Team Principal Herve Poncharal claims that the black Tech 3 M1s were voted ‘Best Looking bike’ by a prominent magazine on more than one occasion.
2) Monster Energy first teamed up with Yamaha back in 2008…but it was not in MotoGP. David Philippaerts became Italy’s first ever FIM World Champion in the premier class of MXGP with a thrilling success in the very last round of the ’08 motocross season. The black and green Yamaha YZ450F was hoisted onto the top of the podium with the #1 plate. Since then the relationship has blossomed and the Monster Energy claw can be found on Yamaha machinery in disciplines like Supercross, MXGP, Endurance racing, European Championship and of course the pinnacle of MotoGP.