Rossi and Lorenzo back side by side for 2013 MotoGP Championship

Yamaha Factory Racing holds first official appearance with new rider line up in Indonesia

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo appeared alongside eachother in Yamaha Factory Racing Team colors for the first time in 2013 today at a morning press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia as they helped in launching the new logo for one of the factory team’s key sponsors, Semakin di Depan (Yamaha Motor Indonesia).

I am so proud to wear the new logo and am very happy to be back in the family!

Valentino Rossi

The two riders will spend two days attending a number of activities for Yamaha and while at this morning’s press conference Lorenzo and Rossi were joined by Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis to reveal the logo to the assembled international media. They then went on to spend the afternoon shooting a television commercial for Yamaha Motor Indonesia.

Speaking about being in Indonesia an about the season ahead, reigning MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo said, “I like the new Semakin di Depan logo. I think it’s quite special and even better than the one before. I love coming here to Indonesia, the weather is spectacular and it’s very warm. The people are also very sweet and warm; it relaxes me to be in the country. I’m feeling very positive about the 2013 season.

I think the arrival of Valentino is good and we have a very strong team now. I know he is a very talented rider. We will start trying the new bike in Sepang at the next test; I think we have a great chance to be World Champion again. It is going to be very difficult as always, it’s the toughest category,” Lorenzo added.

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Team
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Team

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

Rossi was delighted to be back in the familiar surroundings of the team he has been most successful with in MotoGP and said, “I am so proud to wear the new logo and am very happy to be back in the family! I cannot wait for another opportunity to ride the M1. I think the Yamaha Factory Team will be very strong this year with myself and Jorge. For me at this moment I have to be a little quiet and try to understand what my level is with the bike after the first test. My last Grand Prix victory was in 2010 so my first goal is to come back onto the podium as soon as possible, and to try to win a race.”

Meanwhile, Lin Jarvis said he is very confident about the upcoming season, “It’s really nice to be here in Indonesia and seeing so many friends of Yamaha and supporters of the team. This year of course we have assembled our new team for the challenge of the 2013 MotoGP season with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi back together again in Yamaha’s ‘super’ team. This is a wonderful occasion for us to be here for with our riders together for the first time this season and also to have the fantastic new Semakin di Depan logo, I love the new styling.”

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Article type Press conference
Tags featured, hatch, jarvis, lorenzo, rossi, yamaha