The first pre-season test in Sepang is right around the corner, and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team is set and ready to continue working together to provide a platform to challenge for title contention in 2018. Featuring updated livery on their motorcycles and race suits, riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are optimistic about the start of the new season.
With the reveal of the new motorcycle liveries and rider’s suits, the biggest visual difference would be the Movistar M changing from green to white to better blend with the Yamaha Factory Racing aesthetics.
Last year proved to be difficult for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team, as nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi ended the season in fifth position after suffering injuries that took him out of title contention. With 115 Grand Prix victories to his name, we hope to see Valentino put up a good fight for what could be his 10th world title in 2018.
“Sincerely, I’m looking forward to starting the new season,” says Valentino. “Last year, I had one win and six podiums, but also some problems and injuries. We want to make our fifth year with Movistar memorable, so this year we will be pushing as hard as we can. The test in Sepang will be important. It’s the first opportunity for my guys to get together this year, which will be fun, but we’ll soon get serious, because we want to get an idea of our level as soon as possible.”
Maverick Viñales claimed third in the overall points standings in his first year with the Yamaha MotoGP team, becoming a force to be reckoned with. “Last year we had a really strong start at the first few rounds and we finished third in the championship,” states Maverick. “This year we’ll try to improve on what we did last year. We have a really good team, so I think it’s only natural that we aim for the win in every race and ultimately for the championship title, but of course we’ll only achieve this if we stay focused every session and push as hard as we can.”
2018 will be Movistar’s 5th year of partnership as a title sponsor with Yamaha in MotoGP.