To set the tone for the upcoming MotoGP season, newly-appointed General Manager Motorsports Development Division of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Takahiro Sumi, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Principal & Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Director Massimo Meregalli, Factory Yamaha riders Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, and Monster Energy’s Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing Mitch Covington shared their thoughts on the team’s past successes as well as its 2022 potential.
The colour scheme of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP bikes remains the same for 2022, with the team’s YZR-M1, the pit box, and the riders’ leathers sporting a ‘Monster Energy black’ to ‘Yamaha Factory Racing blue’ gradient. The perfect blend between Yamaha’s aesthetic and Monster Energy’s instantly recognisable claw branding is also represented in the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team logo and on the team uniforms.
Yamaha has a long-term global alliance with the team’s title sponsor, Monster Energy Company, based on their mutual passion for racing. A multiple-year title sponsorship agreement with the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team was signed in the summer of 2018 and came naturally, as Monster Energy Company sponsors multiple Yamaha teams (among them the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP team since 2013) and riders (including Quartararo and Morbidelli) in various racing classes.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP is also pleased to announce that throughout the 2022 racing season the bike will continue to feature the slogans of Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Yamaha Motor Philippines, and PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing, starting from the first two IRTA Tests held from 5-6 February in Sepang, Malaysia and from 11-13 February in Mandalika, Indonesia.
The team also welcomes with open arms their new Official Sponsors in 2022, including:
- MSI, the most trusted name in gaming and eSports;
- Debem, a cutting-edge company specialized in designing and producing industrial pumps for highly demanding environments;
- Tanida, a global leader company in sand casting;
- Pont Grup, a company specialized in providing insurance broker services to individuals, with more than 25 years of experience;
- Capit, leader in the production of professional tyre warmers since 1996;
- Axalta, a global coating company focused on providing customers with innovative colourful and sustainable solutions. Their logos will be gracing the team assets.
Moreover, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team is delighted to confirm the continuation of its relationship with numerous Official Sponsors and Official Partners, including:
- Monster Energy Company
- Blue Core
- Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing/Semakin Di Depan
- Yamaha Motor Philippines/MIO
- Thailand Yamaha Motor/Beyond the Limits
- bLU cRU
- Gilles Tooling
- Furukawa Electrics
- NGK Spark Plugs
- BMC Air Filters
- Pont Grup
- BETA Tools
- Yamaha Corporation (Yamaha Music)
- BETA Tools
- Toyota Material Handling
- 3M Peltor
- Ca' dei Frati
- Pastificio Artigiano Fabbri
- Macelleria Belli
- Azienda Olearia del Chianti
For 2022, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team continue their alliance with VR46 Racing Apparel. They will manufacture the official teamwear, all provided with a prominent VR46 Racing Apparel logo. Identical official teamwear products will be on sale to Yamaha fans throughout the global dealer network and at racetrack merchandise sales points.
Additionally, eagle-eyed fans will spot the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP staff and riders don new facemasks supplied by BLS. The team is delighted to have them as a new Official Partner, as the team continuously strives to enhance its safety measures to keep riders and staff safe and healthy throughout the whole championship season amidst the ongoing global pandemic.
Furthermore, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team continue to support Yamaha’s bLU cRU programme, encouraging a younger generation of on-road riders to follow their dream to become the next motorcycle racing star. Quartararo and Morbidelli are ambassadors of the programme and will serve as role models for all Yamaha’s young talents.
With the upcoming season shaping up nicely, currently projected to count 21 GP rounds, Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Test Team rider Cal Crutchlow will be joining Quartararo and Morbidelli at the Official MotoGP Sepang Test, as Yamaha is putting all hands on deck to start their 2022 campaign off on the right foot.