The Fiat Yamaha Team took possession of a fleet of new trucks today, when Official Sponsor IVECO handed over the keys to four new STRALIS 500 vehicles to add to the two the team already uses.
The special ceremony took place at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, which is close to the Team's base in Gerno di Lesmo. Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Motor Racing's Managing Director, Marco Riva, YMR's General Manager and Davide Brivio, Fiat Yamaha Team Manager were present from Yamaha. They were joined on Iveco's side by the Senior Vice Present of Sales and Marketing, Franco Miniero, Senior Vice President of External Relations and Communications, Marco Monticelli and CV Brand Communication and Advertising Director, Marco Monacelli.
The four new trucks were parked alongside the YZR-M1s of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. They will be used for the first time to move the Fiat Yamaha Team equipment to the third round of the season in Jerez, the first European port of call for MotoGP this year.
Lin Jarvis said: "It's a real pleasure to work with Iveco. Of course they are a part of the Fiat group, who have been our title sponsor for four years, and it's great to further extend the partnership in this way. It's exciting to get this new fleet of trucks, which we shall use in Europe to transport all of our equipment, bikes, spare parts and hospitality."
"Moving our team around is a huge logistical job and we've worked closely with Iveco and Fiat to find exactly the right vehicles. When you look at our bikes and the trucks side by side it's difficult to see the similarities but in fact many of the same technologies are important, such as high performance, efficient consumption and reliability. These are the key features of these Iveco trucks and we're looking forward to getting them on the road!"
Franco Miniero added: "First of all I would like to congratulate the Fiat Yamaha Team for the great result they achieved in Qatar at the first race of the season. The partnership between Iveco and the Fiat Yamaha Team has started in the best way and we hope to continue like this throughout the entire season. Today we are pleased to announce that from now on the Fiat Yamaha Team can count on four new Stralis, in addition to the three they have already been using, and an ECODaily semi-windowed van."
"Iveco shares with Fiat Yamaha the attention to detail that makes Yamaha a winning team all over the world, and we Italians are very proud that they have their headquarters here in Italy. Congratulations to the FYT! We hope that in our role as Official Sponsor and Premium Supplier we will accompany you along this winning road and we hope to give you, as we say in our sign-off, a lot of energy!"