The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team unveiled its 2019 color scheme in Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday, using the theme “Beast Mode On” to celebrate the new title sponsorship between Yamaha and Monster Energy.
The color scheme is completely new, with this season’s Yamaha YZR-M1 “sporting a ‘Monster Energy black’-to-‘Yamaha Factory Racing blue’ gradient, including subtle blue stripes that add further dynamic to the sleek design.”
Valentino Rossi is back for his 14th season with Yamaha and will once again be chasing his 10th World Championship.
“I’m sincerely looking forward to the new season and to riding again, I want to get back aboard my M1,” Rossi said. “I feel as good and determined as ever, nothing changed in that area, and I believe that, with some hard work, we can improve upon last year and be back on top.”
Maverick Viñales, who finished fourth overall last season, just five points behind his teammate, returns for his third season with the Factory Yamaha team.
“This year’s team presentation was very special, because there are many changes compared to last year,” Viñales said. “The most noticeable of course are the new team colors and the bike livery. As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t help but feel excited to start the new season. It will be a completely fresh start for all of us: new title sponsor, new team colors, and for me a new rider number. It all came together very nicely, so now all we have to do is get the preseason underway! … I have high expectations for this year. My motivation hasn’t changed, and I plan on going all out this season.”
Rossi and Viñales will take the M1 and its brand-new livery out for its first ride during the official 2019 IRTA MotoGP preseason test held in Sepang, Malaysia, from Feb. 6-8.
“The upcoming test in Sepang is very important, because it’s the first opportunity for the team to get together to try everything Yamaha has been working on over the winter,” Rossi said. “Our performance improved towards the end of last season, but we want and need to make some more big steps, so we need to get to work.”
Cromax, a global coatings brand from Axalta for refinish body shops, has been a partner of Yamaha in MotoGP for 10 years.