Yamaha Prepare for 2017 Season Kick-Off in Qatar


The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team has returned to the Losail International Circuit in Qatar to kick off the MotoGP World Championship this weekend. Riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales can hardly wait to fire up their Yamaha YZR-M1s' engines under the floodlights for the first free practice session of the Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday and finalise their bike set-up at the 5.4 km track for the first race of the season.

After a busy winter, filled with extensive testing, Rossi is ready to get back into his leathers to challenge at the front of the field. He looks forward to start comparing some solutions found during the final pre-season test a little less than two weeks ago and to return to the premier class centre stage, fighting for the victory.

Last year he bravely fought his way to fourth place in Doha, missing the podium by a hair. This year the nine-time MotoGP World Champion is determined to pop the champagne at the end of the first round. He previously secured wins in the premier class in Qatar in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015. He also claimed second place in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014.

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Budget set aside to bid for MotoGP


The cabinet on Tuesday allocated 300 million baht to pay for the right to organise MotoGP, the world's motorcycle racing championship, for three years.

The budget would be for the annual rights fee of 100 million baht for the expected organisation of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) from 2018 to 2020, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. For organisational costs, the government planned to later raise a fund with the private sector.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry proposed the project as Dorna Sports Group, the rights owner, planned to increase the number of host countries of the popular championship to 21 next year from 18.

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The 2017 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Central Asia


In the coming months, competitors from around the world will begin their quest for the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Central Asia. In past years, this event has been contested in Tunisia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, Western Canada and most recently, Thailand in 2016.

For 2017, finalists will be making their way to the vast expanses of Mongolia, where organizers will no doubt present a host of grueling challenges, testing all to their limits. As of this writing, over 15 national teams had been confirmed for the championship round in Mongolia, and that number is sure to grow.

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2017 WorldSSP Thailand - Chang International Circuit


GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Federico Caricasulo scored his first 2017 FIM World Supersport Championship race win with the all-new YZF-R6 after a dramatic 17-lap World SSP race at the Chang International Circuit. In the second round of the series, in a race that featured very high track and air temperatures, teammate Lucas Mahias looked set for a podium finish of his own but experienced a technical issue early on and had to retire. Two other Yamaha R6 machines scored podium finishes, in the hands of wildcard Decha Kraisart and privateer Niki Tuuli.

Intense heat in the build up to the WorldSSP race led to intense competition on track, in a race where three Yamahas finally completed the top three podium positions.

Starting from seventh place and the third row of the grid Caricasulo continued his upward trend of improving competitiveness through the weekend right into the race itself. Involved in a fight or the podium from the very first lap, he took the lead on lap 11, after long time leader Jules Cluzel retired, then never looked back in his determination to win after his first round no-score in Australia.

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2017 WorldSBK Thailand - Chang International Circuit Free practice Race


The opening race of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand saw Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team riders Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes finish fifth and sixth respectively on their YZF-R1s, earning good points once again as they did during the opening round in Australia. With the second race of the Thai weekend to come on Sunday 12th March both Alex and Michael will have another chance to add to their points totals very soon.

After Lowes had qualified fourth in Superpole 2, and van der Mark sixth, both team and riders knew that today's opening 20-lap race offered possibilities to score well.

Van der Mark took his opportunity to record his best result of the year, fifth place, after 20-laps in which he had to pass his team-mate early in the race and then concentrate through the hot conditions to bring it home just over three seconds from a podium finish.

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MotoGP - Yamaha Positively Wrap Up Phillip Island Testing


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi successfully signed off their testing program at the second official IRTA test today, securing first and twelfth place respectively in the combined standings.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP ended the Phillip Island MotoGP Official Test with positive findings today. With the importance still firmly set on bettering tyre life and improving their race pace, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed the third and final day of testing taking first and eleventh place respectively in today's timesheets and first and twelfth in the combined standings.

This morning, Viñales was once again on the attack in the early stages of the eight-hour session. Making the most of his YZR-M1's nimble character at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit he dropped the best time of the test, a 1'28.549s on lap 13, within the first hour to slot into first place in the rankings with a margin of 0.294s.

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MotoGP - Yamaha Continue Development on Damp Sepang Track


Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi carried out their testing programme in a positive fashion today. Despite challenging track conditions, the teammates took second and fourth place respectively in the time sheets on the second day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit whilst working their way through a list of new items.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back in action today at the Sepang International Circuit for the second of the three track days that mark the start of 2017 MotoGP racing activity. They continued to work through a number of different testing materials, taking second and fourth place respectively in today's time sheets.

The riders had to be patient at the start of the eight-hour session. Damp track conditions made for a four-hour wait before they could put their 2017 Yamaha YZR-M1s to the test.

Once the track had dried sufficiently, Viñales was keen to head out and continued his hunt for the perfect set-up. He soon found a good rhythm and he comfortably began to chip away at his time. After one and a half hours he posted a best lap of 2.00.646s to temporarily take over the top of the standings before the pace of the other riders picked up.

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The 2017 World Superbike Championship


In the World Superbike Championship Johnny Rea is still the man to beat and I do think he has a slight psychological advantage over Kawasaki team-mate, Tom Sykes. Chaz Davies was dominant on the Ducati in the second half of last year – if he can carry on where he left off he’ll be fighting for the title too.

It will be really interesting to see how Chaz Davies new team-mate, Marco Melandri, goes after a year out of racing – he’s either going to be superb or absolutely nowhere.

Honda have new CBR1000RR Fireblades and former MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl joining 2006 MotoGP world champion, Nicky Hayden. I think the motorcycle will take a few rounds to get going but should be great once it’s been developed.

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Exciting MotoGP 2017 Season


I’m excited about MotoGP 2017, mainly because there have been changes we haven’t see the like of in years. Chief among them has to be Jorge Lorenzo moving from Yamaha to Ducati. It’s going to be fascinating to see what he can do on the Ducati.

Marc Marquez is obviously going to be in the mix but Honda should have taken more of a chance on their second rider, but they love Dani Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi will be desperate to secure a tenth world title but he’s got a very fast Maverick Vinales alongside him. There’s a chance these two could fall out, although Valentino Rossi doesn’t always fall out with his team-mates.

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Yamaha Makes Strong Statement At Dakar Rally 2017


The Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team proved to be a force to be reckoned with during this year's Dakar Rally. With team member Adrien Van Beveren winning the rally's final stage while locked in a fierce battle for an overall podium result, together with Yamaha France supported stage one winner Xavier de Soultrait Yamaha Racing riders remained strong contenders for top honours throughout the 39th edition of the prestigious annual event.

Living up to everyone's expectations as possibly the toughest event that has ever taken place in South America, the 2017 Dakar Rally tested competitors' physical and mental stamina all the way to the finish line in Buenos Aires. Featuring a week's racing in the high altitude of the Bolivian uplands, weather conditions ranging from torrential rain to scorching heat the 8,818km adventure proved to be an extremely tough challenge for all competitors and team crews.

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Adrien Van Beveren was Yamaha's best performing rider at the end of this grueling two-week-long race through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. Demonstrating the potential of his WR450F Rally machine the Frenchman climbed to third in the overall standings on stage five of the rally, holding on to his position inside the top three for the following four stages. Involved in a fierce battle for the final podium all the way until the last stage, Van Beveren eventually claimed fourth overall just 48 seconds behind third placed Gerard Farrés.

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