A day before the MotoGP Winter Test 2020 in Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team rolled up their usually closed garage door unveiling the 2020 Yamaha YZR-M1s which will be used by Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi.
The livery of the 2020 Yamaha YZR-M1s remained the same as 2019, featuring a huge and instantly recognizable Monster Energy claw which is also represented in all Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team’s logo and gear.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team will continue their close relationship with the title sponsor Monster Energy company and is aiming for the championship this year. To keep viewers of the live stream excited, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team lifted the line and allow members of the press and guest to enter the pit, allowing them to get a closer look at both factory rider Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi together with their bike. This special moment will be Valentino Rossi’s last unveiling with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP as his seat will be taken by Fabio Quartararo.
A special conference took place after the photo session and is attended by General Manager of Motorsports Development Division & President of Yamaha Motor Racing, Hiroshi Ito; Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director & Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Principal, Lin Jarvis; Yamaha MotoGP Group Leader, Takahiro Sumi; and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Director, Massimo Meregalli and both the factory rider Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi.
According to General Manager of Motorsports Development Division & President of Yamaha Motor Racing, Hiroshi Ito; Yamaha has put all the available resources this year to ensure the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team is back on track and they have been working non stop to ensure both the Yamaha YZR-M1s stays competitive.
After missing from Yamaha for 3 years, former Yamaha factory rider; Jorge Lorenzo has returned as Yamaha Factory Racing official test rider despite announcing his retirement from professional racing just last November. Jorge Lorenzo is given a short spotlight moment when he was asked to join the stage.