Riders and Teams

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is Yamaha's wholly-owned full-factory team in MotoGP. The team was founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a factory-supported team in the 500cc class for the previous two years. A new company - Yamaha Motor Racing - was set up in the Netherlands to manage all but the technical side of Yamaha's international racing activities and to run the team.

In 2005, Yamaha Motor Racing moved in its entirety from the Netherlands in order to create a single Yamaha MotoGP European operation in Italy, strengthening and centralizing the management of the team and all MotoGP operations. Although responsibility for the technical aspects of MotoGP remains predominantly at Yamaha's Technology Development Division in Japan, a number of Japanese engineering staff complete the European MotoGP setup.

The team is based in Gerno di Lesmo, close to Monza, as are the logistics and the engine management sectors. This facility was re-built during 2008 and a new, state-of-the-art facility was opened giving the team a superb new headquarters with all technical, logistical, managerial and communications departments under one roof.

At the beginning of 2014 Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica announced a new title sponsorship for the Yamaha team using their well-known Movistar brand. The two parties signed for an incredible five-year agreement, something unheard of in MotoGP.

Masahiko Nakajima is President of Yamaha Motor Racing and Lin Jarvis is Managing Director. Italian Yamaha veteran Massimo Meregalli stepped over from managing the Yamaha World Superbike Team to become the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director at the beginning of 2011. Former 250cc Grand Prix winner Wilco Zeelenberg is now in his seventh year as the Team Manager while also providing input to Maverick Viñales side of the garage during race weekends.

The dynamic duo of thrilling newcomer Maverick Viñales and racing legend Valentino Rossi finished their first season as teammates in third and fifth place respectively. Between them they racked up thirteen podiums including four Grand Prix wins; setting themselves up for an exhilarating 2018.

 

Racing statistics:
2017
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 5th MotoGP World Championship, 1 wins and 5 podiums
Maverick Viñales (ESP) - 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 3 wins and 4 podiums
Yamaha Factory Team - 2nd in MotoGP Team World Championship
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2016
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 10 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) - 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 4 wins and 10 podiums
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team World Championship  
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2015
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 13 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 15 podiums
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team World Championship
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2014
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) – 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 13 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 2 win and 11 podiums
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2013
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) – 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 8 wins and 14 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 4th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 6 podiums
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2012
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) – 1st MotoGP World Championship, 6 wins and 16 podiums
Ben Spies (USA) – 10th MotoGP World Championship
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2011
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) – 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 3 wins and 10 podiums
Ben Spies (USA) – 5th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 4 podiums
Team Director: Massimo Meregalli
2010
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 9 wins and 16 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 10 podiums
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team & Constructors World Championship
Team Director: Masahiko Nakajima-san
2009
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 6 wins and 13 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) - 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 4 wins and 12 podiums
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team & Constructors World Championship
Team Director: Masahiko Nakajima-san
2008
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 9 wins and 16 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) - 4th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 6 podiums
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team & Constructors World Championship
Team Director: Masahiko Nakajima-san
2007
Valentino Rossi (ITA) 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 5 wins and 10 podiums
Colin Edwards (USA) - 9th in MotoGP World Championship
Team Director - Davide Brivio
2006
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 2nd in MotoGP World Championship, 5 race wins
Colin Edwards (USA) - 7th in MotoGP World Championship
Yamaha Factory Team - 2nd in MotoGP Team World Championship
Team Director - Davide Brivio
2005
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 1st in MotoGP World Championship, 11 race wins
Colin Edwards (USA) - 4th in MotoGP World Championship
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team World Championship
Team Director - Davide Brivio
2004
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 1st in MotoGP World Championship, 9 race wins
Carlos Checa (SPA) - 7th in MotoGP World Championship
Yamaha Factory Team - 1st in MotoGP Team World Championship
Team Director - Davide Brivio
2003
Carlos Checa (SPA) - 7th in MotoGP World Championship
Marco Melandri (ITA) - 15th in MotoGP World Championship
Team Director - Davide Brivio
2002
Max Biaggi (ITA) - 2nd in MotoGP World Championship, 2 race wins
Carlos Checa (SPA) - 5th in MotoGP World Championship
Team Director - Davide Brivio
2001
Max Biaggi (ITA) - 2nd in 500cc World Championship, 3 race wins
Carlos Checa (SPA) - 6th in 500cc World Championship
Team Director - Lin Jarvis

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