Yamaha ‘starts from zero’ with 2023 MotoGP colours| MotoGP Staff | MotoGP
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP unveiled a brand-new look on Tuesday with the 2023 launch from Jakarta, Indonesia.
An all-new camouflage look graced the YZR-M1 as riders Fabio Quartararo and Franky Morbidelli took to the stage during Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing‘s 2023 ’3S Dealer Meeting’ - the largest dealer meeting in the world within Yamaha‘s network. Once again Monster Energy branding was front and centre on the design to reflect the continuation of the partnership following an extension to the multi-year sponsorship agreed during the Catalan GP last year.
2023 heralds a new era for MotoGP with the addition of sprint races bring the action total to 42 for the coming season. Despite the added challenge, and recent injury, both Quartararo and Morbidelli are fighting fit and aiming to excel in their hunt for the MotoGP title.
“My winter break didn‘t fully go as planned because I injured my hand during motocross training. But I‘ve kept working non-stop,” 2021 MotoGP Champion Quartararo admitted. “I‘ve done a lot of cardio to make sure I‘m 100 per cent fit for the 2023 season. My hand injury is fully recovered now too, so I feel ready to fight for the title again.
“We have the new camouflage livery, which is a nice change. I like the new look, and it‘s good to switch it up a bit but more importantly, I am looking forward to start riding again. I am very curious to test the 2023 YZR-M1 in Sepang.
“We will work hard this season, as we always do.We have learned a lot in 2022, and now I just want to fight for the title again. My fans have been very supportive, sending me lots of messages over the winter. I‘m excited to see them at the tracks again this season. We will have some fun!”
“We are making a fresh start today, with a new look,” Morbidelli added. “Everything has gone back to zero and anything is possible this season, so that is an exciting prospect.
“We‘ve ended 2022 with an improved feeling. Now it‘s important that we do a good job at the upcoming winter tests, so we will be ready to start the season in March with the first race in Portugal.
“There‘s a new race format, which will take some getting used to for the riders and the teams, but I see it as a positive change because it‘s something that the fans will enjoy.
“I want to thank the Indonesian fans who we saw at today‘s dealer meeting for their support. Their enthusiasm has given us a boost, and I can‘t wait to start the 2023 season in the best way possible.”
“Last year our team achieved numerous successes whilst facing high-level competition and challenges,” Managing Director, Lin Jarvis commented. “One of the highs that stood out, however, was the extension of our partnership with Monster Energy Company at the Catalan GP, which Fabio went on to win.
“This year, we are entering our eleventh year with Monster Energy as our sponsor and our fifth season with them as our title sponsor. This occasion deserved a new livery and a fresh start that matches our military-like focus as we fight for the 2023 MotoGP title.
“As a part of the strong global alliance between Yamaha and Monster Energy, the new look-and-feel will also be adopted by Yamaha‘s factory teams in MX and Supercross, showing our unity.
“A full-on race calendar and additional sprint races mean we need to be focused, adaptable, and efficient right from the start of 2023 MotoGP testing. Competing at the top-tier of motorcycle racing has never been more challenging than the coming year, and it‘s thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of our sponsors that we can concentrate on bringing the trophy home again.”