2013 Yamaha Factory Racing News
For the first time since the 2010 MotoGP Championship, Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and the returning Valentino Rossi made a public appearance together.
The reunion occurred Friday in Jakarta, Indonesian, where two days of activities are planned for the launching of the 2013 Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP team.
On Friday, the team launched a new logo from one of the team’s main 2013 sponsors, Semakin de Depan (Yamaha Motor Indonesia. VR46 and Lorenzo were joined by Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis to reveal the logo to the media.
Rossi, who spent the last two years with the Ducati Team, and Lorenzo spent the remaining part of the afternoon shooting a television commercial for Yamaha Motor Indonesia.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “I am so proud to wear the new logo and am very happy to be back in the family! I cannot wait for another opportunity to ride the M1.
“I think the Yamaha Factory Team will be very strong this year with myself and Jorge. For me at this moment I have to be a little quiet and try to understand what my level is with the bike after the first test. My last Grand Prix victory was in 2010 so my first goal is to come back onto the podium as soon as possible, and to try to win a race.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “I like the new Semakin Di Depan logo, I think it’s quite special and even better than the one before. I love coming here to Indonesia, the weather is spectacular and it’s very warm.
“The people are also very sweet and warm; it relaxes me to be in the country. I’m feeling very positive about the 2013 season, I think the arrival of Valentino is good and we have a very strong team now. I know he is a very talented rider. We will start trying the new bike in Sepang at the next test; I think we have a great chance to be World Champion again. It is going to be very difficult as always, it’s the toughest category. We are confident with our possibilities though and we are one of the favorites. ”
Lin Jarvis (Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing) says: “It’s really nice to be here in Indonesia and seeing so many friends of Yamaha and supporters of the team. This year of course we have assembled our new team for the challenge of the 2013 MotoGP season with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi back together again in Yamaha’s ‘super’ team. This is a wonderful occasion for us to be here for with our riders together for the first time this season and also to have the fantastic new Semakin Di Depan logo, I love the new styling.”