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Yamaha Motor Racing
Yamaha factory racing.gif
2017 name Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Base Lesmo, Italy
Principal Lin Jarvis
Rider(s) 25. Spain Maverick Viñales
46. Italy Valentino Rossi
Motorcycle Yamaha YZR-M1
Tyres Michelin
Riders' Championships

7
2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 Valentino Rossi

2010, 2012, 2015 Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Motor Racing or Yamaha Factory Racing is the official Italian-Japanese factory team of Yamaha in MotoGP.[1]

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Yamaha YZR500 ridden by Max Biaggi in the 2001 season

The team was founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a factory-supported team in the 500 cc class for the previous two years.[2] The team was originally based in the Netherlands but was relocated in Italy in 2002. Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa raced for the team from 1999 to 2002. Biaggi achieved a total of 8 race wins in that period, first riding the Yamaha YZR500 and later the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2002.

In 2003, Checa was joined by Marco Melandri. The team had an average season with no podium finishes. For 2004, Valentino Rossi joined Checa at the team. Rossi got 9 wins and won the championship. Colin Edwards joined the team for 2005, when Rossi once again won the championship, collecting 11 wins. Rossi and Edwards stayed with the team for 2006. Rossi earned 5 wins and finished 2nd in the championship. For the 2007 season, both riders remained with the team riding the new 800cc Yamaha YZR-M1. Rossi had 4 wins and finished the season 3rd overall.

For 2008, Yamaha had a unique line-up with Rossi being joined in the team by Jorge Lorenzo. Although the pair were fighting for the title from different pit boxes (as Rossi chose to use Bridgestone tyres and as Lorenzo continued with Michelin), Yamaha operated as one brand and not two separate manufacturers. The title was won dominantly by Rossi who won 9 of the 18 races and finished on the podium in every race except for two. Even though this was the learning year for Lorenzo, he was able to cruise to victory at Estoril and finished 4th in the championship. In 2009, Yamaha dominated MotoGP with Rossi winning the title and Lorenzo finishing second. The pair won 12 out of the 17 races, and Yamaha won the Constructors' Championship.

MotoGP resultsEdit

(key)

Year Moto Team Tyres Riders 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pts Final Pos
2002 Yamaha YZR-M1 Marlboro Yamaha Team M JPN SAF ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR RIO PAC MAL AUS VAL 356 2nd
  Max Biaggi Ret 9 DSQ 3 2 4 4 2 2 1 6 2 Ret 1 6 3
  Carlos Checa 3 5 Ret Ret 4 3 3 Ret 4 5 2 Ret 5 7 11 Ret
2003 Yamaha YZR-M1 Fortuna Yamaha Team M JPN SAF ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR RIO PAC MAL AUS VAL 188 5th
  Carlos Checa 10 9 Ret Ret 8 4 4 6 8 4 8 9 Ret 5 8 5
  Marco Melandri 17 15 11 13 Ret Ret Ret 10 7 11 5 11 Ret
  Norifumi Abe 11 8 9
2004 Yamaha YZR-M1 Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha M SAF ESP FRA ITA CAT NED RIO GER GBR CZE POR JPN QAT MAL AUS VAL 421 1st
  Carlos Checa 10 6 2 Ret 4 9 10 Ret 6 6 5 7 Ret 9 10 14
  Valentino Rossi 1 4 4 1 1 1 Ret 4 1 2 1 2 Ret 1 1 1
2005 Yamaha YZR-M1 Gauloises Yamaha Team M ESP POR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED USA GBR GER CZE JPN MAL QAT AUS TUR VAL 546 1st
  Colin Edwards 9 6 8 3 9 7 3 2 4 8 7 6 10 4 6 7 8
  Valentino Rossi 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 2 3
2006 Yamaha YZR-M1 Camel Yamaha Team M ESP QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER USA CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL 371 2nd
  Colin Edwards 11 9 9 3 6 12 5 13 6 12 9 10 10 Ret 8 4 9
  Valentino Rossi 14 1 4 Ret Ret 1 1 8 2 1 Ret 2 1 3 2 2 13
2007 Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat Yamaha Team M QAT ESP TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER USA CZE RSM POR JPN AUS MAL VAL 365 4th
  Colin Edwards 6 3 Ret 11 12 12 10 2 6 4 11 Ret 9 10 14 9 10 13
  Valentino Rossi 2 1 10 2 6 1 2 4 1 Ret 4 7 Ret 1 13 3 5 Ret
2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat Yamaha Team QAT ESP POR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER USA CZE RSM IND JPN AUS MAL VAL 563 1st
B   Valentino Rossi 5 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 11 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3
M   Jorge Lorenzo 2 3 1 4 2 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 10 2 3 4 4 Ret 8
2009 Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat Yamaha Team B QAT JPN ESP FRA ITA CAT NED USA GER GBR CZE IND RSM POR AUS MAL VAL 567 1st
  Valentino Rossi 2 2 1 16 3 1 1 2 1 5 1 Ret 1 4 2 3 2
  Jorge Lorenzo 3 1 Ret 1 2 2 2 3 2 Ret Ret 1 2 1 Ret 4 3
2010 Yamaha YZR-M1 Fiat Yamaha Team B QAT ESP FRA ITA GBR NED CAT GER USA CZE IND RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS POR VAL 617 1st
  Valentino Rossi 1 3 2 DNS 4 3 5 4 3 6 3 1 3 2 3
  Jorge Lorenzo 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 4 4 3 2 1 1
  Wataru Yoshikawa 15
2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha Factory Racing B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER USA CZE IND RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 446 2nd
  Jorge Lorenzo 2 1 2 4 2 Ret 6 1 2 2 4 4 1 3 2 DNS C
  Ben Spies 6 Ret Ret 6 3 Ret 1 4 5 4 5 3 6 5 6 DNS C 2
  Katsuyuki Nakasuga 10
2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha Factory Racing B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA USA IND CZE RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS VAL 458 2nd
  Jorge Lorenzo 1 2 2 1 1 1 Ret 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 Ret
  Ben Spies 11 11 8 16 10 5 4 4 11 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 Ret Ret
  Katsuyuki Nakasuga 2
2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha Factory Racing B QAT AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER USA IND CZE GBR RSM ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL 567 2nd
  Valentino Rossi 2 6 4 12 Ret 4 1 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 6 4
  Jorge Lorenzo 1 3 3 7 1 1 5 DNS 6 3 3 1 1 2 3 1 1 1
2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA ESP NED GER USA CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 558 2nd
  Valentino Rossi 2 8 4 2 2 3 2 5 4 3 3 3 1 Ret 3 1 2 2
  Jorge Lorenzo Ret 10 3 4 6 2 4 13 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 Ret
2015 Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA ESP NED GER USA CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 655 1st
  Valentino Rossi 1 3 1 3 2 3 2 1 3 3 3 1 5 3 2 4 3 4
  Jorge Lorenzo 4 4 5 1 1 1 1 3 4 2 1 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 1
2016 Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP M QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUT CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 482 1st
  Valentino Rossi 4 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 8 4 2 3 2 3 Ret 2 2 4
  Jorge Lorenzo 1 Ret 2 2 1 1 Ret 10 15 3 17 Ret 3 2 Ret 6 3 1
2017 Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP M QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUT CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 86* 1st*
  Valentino Rossi 3 2
  Maverick Vinales 1 1

* Season still in progress.

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