Yamaha Racing has just announced that it will debut its 2011 MotoGP team livery at the Sepang test on February 21st. Yamaha has been without a title sponsor since the departure of Valentino Rossi, as Italian car manufacturer Fiat dropped its support of the Japanese team when Rossi went to Ducati Corse for this upcoming season.
Despite having the reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, the 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Ben Spies, and being the team to beat in 2011, Yamaha has reportedly struggled to find a title sponsor for the upcoming season, that is until now.
Testing under the standard Yamaha livery at Sepang earlier this month, Yamaha’s factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have been doing a number of press events in southeast Asia. Rumors regarding the team’s title sponsor prospects have included Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas and Malaysian-based Air Asia Airlines.
Given the recent chain of events this month with Yamaha’s media events, with think some deduction could be done here as to whom the sponsors could be, but we’ll have to wait another two weeks to be certain.
Source: Yamaha Racing