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Scenes from the 2017 Yamaha Official Teams Presentation

Colours, hopes and expectations: Yamaha roll out 2017 MXGP, WorldSBK & more

Feb 072017

In the cutting-edge environment of Yamaha’s MotoGP workshop near Monza, Italy, Yamaha Motor Europe unveiled the wealth of their racing teams (sixteen squads) for the coming season and the all-encompassing efforts chasing glory in MXGP, Motocross, Enduro, Rally, World Superbike and Endurance.

“It was an amazing adventure with a lot of different conditions to conquer and a lot of emotions,” said ‘AVB’. “My goal is to win that race in the future.”


“That’s the aim for both myself and the team,” Febvre said. “We have already been working so much for that. We’ve had two pre-season races and they have gone well and now we’ll go to Qatar and see what we can do.”

“We have met our targets for the last two years and now we just have the last step. I think there are a lot of good riders to face in MX2 and for sure some young ones who will push very hard,” said Paturel, tipped as one of the main runners for the ’17 Gold Plate. “We will do our best.”


Alex Lowes and Michael Van der Mark lifted the covers off the race-spec and fully-livered (and sumptuous looking) R1 racebike that will enter a second World Superbike term and hopefully glide from top ten regularity to podium contention. There wasn't much time for a generous international media gathering to salivate over the machinery with the final 2017 test and opening round of WorldSBK only weeks away in Australia and the R1’s freight case was prepped and open for transport to Phillip Island.


By the time a copious lunch was served for all in attendance at Gerno di Lesmo there was little doubt as the breadth and ambition on display in Blue. Let the wheels start to turn...