THE Movistar Yamaha MotoGP squad revealed its new livery for the 2018 world championship season in a lavish launch in Madrid, Spain.
Retaining Yamaha’s traditional racing blue, albeit in a deeper shade, the biggest change is to do with the logo of primary sponsor Movistar.
The Spanish telco’s logo has shifted away from its traditional lime green for its fifth season as the team’s primary sponsor, the white ‘M’ making for a much sleeker, cleaner design for the M1s to be raced by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales in 2018.
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Monster Energy remains with the team along with its usual secondary and tertiary sponsors, while another regional Yamaha slogan will adorn the bike at points in 2018.
Following the lead of its Indonesian (Semakin Di Depan, or ‘One Step Ahead’), Vietnamese (Go Beyond) and Philippine (Blue is Fast) operations, Thailand will be featured on this year’s Yamaha, aligning with the country’s inaugural MotoGP race in October at the Chang International Circuit.
The new look will have its debut this weekend in Malaysia, where the first official preseason test gets underway on Sunday at the Sepang Circuit.
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