Rossi, Lorenzo, and the 2013 Yamaha YZR-M1

03/22/2013 @ 9:59 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS


The last of the factory MotoGP teams to unveil its 2013 livery (Ducati Corse, Pramac Ducati & Repsol Honda here), Yamaha Racing has finally officially debuted the 2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 race bike, along with the team livery for riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Unlike his 2011 defense, Lorenzo will not rock the #1 plate, perhaps getting wind of the dreaded number’s propensity to kill its owner’s chance of a successful title defense. For Rossi fans, the return to Yamaha is surely a welcomed sight, with The Doctor’s neon yellow “46” working better with Yamaha’s blue and white paint scheme. Somethings just seem to go better together, right?







Source: Yamaha Racing

  • CTK

    Do these have underseat tanks?

  • bemer2six

    One ugly paint job. Sorry Jorge!

  • Afletra

    What the hell is happening with those ass, they’re getting bigger and fatter, and uglier… O_o
    The last two season liveries is much much better for me.

  • KK


    Looks like a much fatter tail on the bike this year. But im pretty sure they have used underseat/tail fuel tank in the previous bikes.

    it is very curious though.

    I always liked the tail on the yamaha. thought it was clean and natural. not so much anymore. hmm.

  • Gutterslob

    The Gauloises M1 was still the best looking, imho.
    I do prefer these Akra pipes compared to the old Terms, though.

  • L2C

    Could have been so much better. Wish they had gone with the dark blue on dark blue scheme from the earlier “Aliens” photo session, I loved those. But these are not terrible. Main thing that’s off is the Monster-vomit green logo on the splattered black/gray ink/paint background. That’s fucking horrible design, man. Fucks the whole thing up, really. At least in return they get the dough to go racing.

    If you gotta do Lon Chaney, you gotta do Lon Chaney. Boris Karloff, even.

  • phs

    I read somewhere that the tails are designed this year to help with the aerodynamics. Even if they do look a bit robust. What matters is how the bike performs on track and can’t wait to get the season underway.