Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team take this opportunity to say “Thank you!” to all relevant parties that have made it possible to start the 2020 MotoGP World Championship in the second half of the year.
Yamaha would like to thank its management, staff, engineers, and all its sponsors, as well as Dorna, IRTA,FIM, the circuits and the governments of the countries that are to host MotoGP races this year for their dedication. It’s through their determination to look for opportunities during these unprecedented times that fans will all be allowed to enjoy MotoGP action again soon, with an IRTA test scheduled for July 15th and the first round taking place from July 17th-19th.
Moreover, Yamaha wants to give a special thanks to the health workers around the world who have put their lives on the line to protect and tend to others during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yamaha would like to stress its awareness that, though the lockdown is over in most countries, the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing. Yamaha Motor Racing has been dedicating a lot of time and energy in revising its racing protocol to ensure the safety of all parties involved, as safety always comes first in Grand Prix racing.
Yamaha Motor Racing Srl General Manager Operations, Marco Riva, explains: “The steps we’ve made in the Operations area can be broadly divided into two phases: first the restarting of activities at the YMR headquarters, with strict rules to significantly reduce the risk of contamination, followed by changing the team’s travelling and racing protocol, to make attending the 2020 MotoGP racing calendar events as safe as possible for all involved.
“Phase 1 started immediately after the cancellation of the race in Qatar, which was soon followed by the travel restrictions and a full lockdown. Following the Qatar GP cancellation, YMR urgently recalled all the materials in order to have full and direct control over the situation, ready for any eventuality.
"During the lockdown period that followed, YMR staff worked from home but remained busy developing various contingency plans in order to be ready for any possible scenario.
"During the last weeks of lockdown, YMR carried out a risk assessment analysis in compliance with the Covid-19 prevention measures the Italian DPCM (Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri; Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers) issued on 24th April 2020, to prepare the YMR headquarters for the formal restart on May 4th, after two months of forced closure.
"Thanks to this careful preparation, everything was ready and implemented to allow a limited number of people to return to our headquarters on May 4th, so we could start with the preparation of materials and equipment in order to be ready within a matter of weeks for a possible restart of the 2020 MotoGP championship.
"The readiness and professionalism of all YMR staff members over the last few months has made it possible to work in safety, equipped with the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Effective training, combined with a limited but effective weekly attendance plan, further helped the YMR staff to work during Phase 1 with zero Covid-19 infections.
“For Phase 2, YMR and the key people of the team worked on making a risk assessment of the various operations on the circuit, after exchanging opinions with Dorna and IRTA.
"YMR has committed important resources to the development of a communication system that allows the various team members to be in contact while maintaining safety distances of 2 meters, or #OneM1Apart as we say in the team (a YZR-M1 is 2.060m long).
"The selection and overview of suitable PPE for every occasion at the track was made whilst taking into account both the safety and the comfort of the personnel, who will have to operate under very special circumstances. The various work environments have been reorganised with clear indications of the maximum capacity of people and their positioning in compliance with the safety distances. When it is not possible to adhere to the safety distances guidelines due to constricted space, YMR has defined and will provide the staff with the appropriate PPE as required per Dorna's ‘Contingency Plan - Covid-19’.
"Furthermore, a new catering unit has been set up to serve lunchboxes to the people of the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team and the Petronas Yamaha SIC Team, including their Moto2 and Moto3 crew members, making a total of 200 meals served every day, both for lunch and for dinner.
“A special thanks goes to all the people of Yamaha Motor Racing and its technical partners, who allowed us to face a delicate phase with the positive and innovative spirit that distinguishes us.”