Yamaha officially presented its 2017 factory MotoGP team, introducing riders Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and the updated livery for the YZR-M1.

The new livery sports a deeper blue color and retains the prominent green M logo of Spanish telecom company Movistar, the team’s primary sponsor.

Of course, the biggest change is the addition of Vinales’ #25 replacing the familiar #99 of Jorge Lorenzo who ended a nine-year run with Yamaha to join Ducati. Vinales joins Yamaha after two seasons with Suzuki. Vinales finished 12th overall in 2015, winning the premier class’ Rookie of the Year honors but made great strides as a sophomore, earning his first win and four total podiums and finishing fourth overall in the 2016 championship.

“Today we revealed the bike and it looks beautiful, I wish I could start riding it right now!” says Vinales. “When I was a kid, I used to watch Valentino riding his M1 and now I’m here at the team launch, it’s like a dream come true! I’m so happy and motivated and I’m ready to give it my all.”

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Rossi will again be trying to win his 10th world championship after finishing second in each of the last three seasons.

“After the winter break, the team launch is always a very exciting time for everybody, not only for us, the riders and the team, but also for the fans. Sincerely, I’m just as happy as they are to start the new season, I have missed riding my bike,” say Rossi. “The pre-season test in Sepang will be an interesting moment, we will get a good idea of our level and it’s also the first time I’ll get to take the YZR-M1 out on track in its 2017 colors.”

The Sepang test takes place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, followed by a test at Australia’s Phillip Island Feb. 15-17. The final pre-season test is scheduled for March 10-12 at Qatar’s Doha circuit which will host the first race of the 2017 season on March 26.

2017 Yamaha YZR-M1 Specifications
Engine Type Liquid-cooled inline-Four with crossplane crankshaft
Displacement 1000cc
Max Power (claimed) Over 240hp
Transmission Six-speed cassette-type gearbox with alternative gear ratios available
ECU FIM-regulated Magneti Marelli
Chassis Aluminum twin-tube deltabox frame with multi-adjustable steering geometry and aluminum swingarm
Suspension Öhlins upside-down fork and rear shock
Front Brakes Twin 320mm or 340 mm carbon discs with four-piston calipers from Brembo
Rear Brakes Single stainless steel disc with twin-piston caliper from Brembo
Wheels 17-inch MFR forged magnesium wheels
Tires Michelin 17-inch tires in slick and wet options
Weight 346 pounds
  • Starmag

    In the pic with both of them with the engine, it’s hard to believe 250HP comes out of that tiny thing.

    How many races does Mav have to win before the wall goes up in the pits?

    • spiff

      Depends on how the others do. Rossi could do well by having access to Maverick’s data.

      • Starmag

        Well, you’d think so, but it didn’t work out that way with Lorenzo.

        • spiff

          Yeah, but Lorenzo is a… how do I say…

          Maverick seems (from my armchair) to be a decent guy/teammate. Hopefully he and Rossi can make each other and the bike faster.

          • Starmag

            I think it was because JL was a genuine championship threat in the same garage. Mav isn’t yet so it will be all smiles. For now.

          • spiff

            Mavrick is a threat for the championship. I believe that for sure. JLo is a tougher personality then most. Watch his victory celebrations and imagine the team meetings.

  • Old MOron

    Oh boy, the first test of the season takes place in about a week and a half. Brucey will bring his commentary, right?