2016 Movistar Yamaha livery revealed

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Movistar Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo have revealed a largely unchanged racing livery for 2016, taking the covers off their M1s at a presentation in Spanish TV channel Movistar’s Barcelona offices.

With no major changes to the team’s sponsor line-up during the off-season, however, the bike remains very similar to last season’s machine. 

And, with team bosses admitting that new tyres in the form of Michelin and major rule changes in the form of the new unfied software all teams are now required to run mean that the machine isn’t significantly different under it’s fairings, either, as the team seek to maintain constants as they make the huge shift in both tyres and electronics.

However, team boss Lin Jarvis says that despite the changes, they’re confident of continuing success in 2016.

“With Jorge and Valentino as riders, the unchanged Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team crew and the stunning new YZR-M1 bike we are confident that we will have all that we need to challenge to retain our three titles. We know that our competitors will be out for revenge and we can never underestimate the efforts that they will apply to try to dethrone us.

“We also know that the new regulations and change of tyre supplier will add more variables to contend with but we are committed to the challenge and planning to give our maximum effort to win the 2016 title.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer