JAKARTA, Indonesia – Yamaha factory racing stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi kicked off the new MotoGP season today by unveiling the 2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 live in front of nearly 4,000 members of the Yamaha family at the 3S Dealer meeting in Indonesia.
The two-day visit saw both riders engage in a number of activities for their first official outing of 2014. Lorenzo met with a number of local media before heading off to take part in a soccer game with a team of fans and members of the Yamaha community. Lorenzo and Rossi also met Mr. Joko Widodo, the current governor of Jakarta. The trio spent some time cycling and chatting together before the riders moved on to join the thousands of Yamaha dealers gathered to witness the unveiling of the 2014 YZR-M1 that marked the start of the 3S Dealer Meeting.
“It’s always nice to come into a sunny country with happy people, especially Indonesia, a country that gets crazy about MotoGP. Both Vale and myself have a lot of fans. Everyone recognizes us in the street and gives us a lot of love so it’s a good place to promote Yamaha,” said 2012 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo as he spoke of his recovery from injuries and his future with Yamaha Racing. “My expectations for this season are very high. This winter I had an operation to take out the metal plates in my shoulder so I’m a bit lighter but I’m also a bit fatter after Christmas. I am training hard to lose some pounds and I will try to start the season well like last year and be straight onto the podium.
“I think if we’ve improved in some areas then we have a good chance to win the title again. I have to clarify that there is no truth in the rumors that there is a contract with another manufacturer and I would like to start negotiating as soon as possible for my future with Yamaha. My dream is to retire after my career as a Yamaha rider. If our bike is even better this year then it will be easier.”
Lorenzo’s teammate, nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi added, “We unveiled the new livery for 2014 today; it’s very nice, very elegant and has more white than last year. It’s still very much in the Yamaha Factory style and I like it a lot.
“The expectations for the coming season are very high. My target is to try and do better than last year, be more competitive and fight for the podium every weekend. I am sure our bike will be very competitive again. It was already very good last year and Yamaha engineers were able to develop it further through the season therefore I expect a lot from my new M1 and I am sure it will get even better during the season.”