Yamaha unveils their 2006 machine

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Yamaha unveils their 2006 machine

The Camel Yamaha Team has today in Milan, Italy, officially launched the new M1 with which they will try to defend the championship earned in the hands of Valentino Rossi. Along with the 2005 title holder, Colin Edwards, they hope to notch the...

The Camel Yamaha Team has today in Milan, Italy, officially launched the new M1 with which they will try to defend the championship earned in the hands of Valentino Rossi. Along with the 2005 title holder, Colin Edwards, they hope to notch the 2006 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) title.

Valentino Rossi with the 2006 Camel Yamaha M1.
Photo by Camel Media Service.
The event was held on a stage with VIP guests from Yamaha and Japan Tobacco International, as well as Italian TV presenter Marco Mazzocchi, who announced the presentation and both riders. The show included a birthday celebration for the American rider, Edwards, who turned 32 today.

The bikes were uncovered by the Festi group of acrobats, who descended from the roof to reveal the small changes in decoration from the M1 that was used during the pre-season tests.

The most important difference is in the numbers that now are surrounded by a white plate on the front of each bike, while other slight graphical changes are also visible on the sides.

"This new bike is really beautiful!", exclaimed Rossi, who this season aims to win a sixth consecutive World Championship title. "It's exciting to be starting another season with Yamaha; these last two seasons together with them have probably been the best of my career. It's also nice to be with Colin again, we're very close in our team."

About the new Yamaha M1 and the challenge to come, the Italian commented: "The M1 is already very good and we've been working very closely to develop it with Yamaha, which has done a very good job. This year I have many new young adversaries who will be challenging me, and I think there is going to be some spectacular racing!"

Rossi`s team mate, Edwards, gave his impressions of the new machine in front of 300 guests and the international media. "I really like the new bike design, it looks really great. I had the retro-style number five like this on the bike at Laguna Seca last year and I've used it again for this year."

Birthday cake for Colin Edwards.
Photo by Camel Media Service.
"The new bike in general has been fantastic throughout the winter tests, I'm really excited. I honestly can't wait to get back on board this week in Barcelona, we have a few things to work on still but we're in good shape," said Edwards. "My promise for the year is to win at least a few races and have a one- two for the Camel Yamaha Team at the end of the year!"

The ceremony was held exactly one month before the first race of the Continental Circus. The riders will take the green flag on March 26th on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain.

Masao Furusawa, Executive Officer for Engineering Operations at Yamaha Motor Company, took the opportunity to comment on the keys of the project for this year. "Even though the basic M1 concept for 2006 is the same. This is a more sophisticated bike, especially with the increasing RPM of the engine. It is very important for the progression of the bike to keep Valentino and Colin together, as they are not just riders for us, but a key part of the development of the M1."

Davide Brivio, the Team Director for the Yamaha Factory Team for the fifth year running, stated his point of view about the new look of the bike. "I think that everybody will really like the new livery, and especially the riders` numbers on the white squares. We needed to come up with something original for the livery without moving away from the Camel yellow, which we all really like, and now I think this final livery is going to look really spectacular on track", he said.

Fans and the media will be able to see the new M1 of Camel Yamaha team and all of the 2006 field of this week in the Official tests at Catalunya, Spain. The MotoGP machines will get get on-track action for three days from Friday through Sunday in the event that is known as Grand Prix Cero.

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