Yamaha Motor Racing

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Yamaha Factory Racing
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2014 name Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Base Italy Lesmo, Italy
Principal Lin Jarvis
Rider(s) 46 Valentino Rossi
99 Jorge Lorenzo
Motorcycle Yamaha YZR-M1
Tyres Bridgestone
Riders' Championships 6
2004 Valentino Rossi
2005 Valentino Rossi
2008 Valentino Rossi
2009 Valentino Rossi
2010 Jorge Lorenzo
2012 Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Motor Racing or Yamaha Factory Racing is the official factory team of Yamaha in MotoGP.[1] It founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a factory-supported team in the 500 cc class for the previous two years.[2] The team was originally based in the Netherlands but was relocated in Italy in 2002.

Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa raced for the team from 1999 to 2002. Max Biaggi achieved a total of 9 race wins in that period, first riding the Yamaha YZR500 and later the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2002.

In 2003, Checa was joined by Marco Melandri. The team had an average season with no wins or podiums.

For 2004 Valentino Rossi joined Carlos Checa at the team. Rossi got 9 wins and won the championship.

Colin Edwards joined the team for 2005. Rossi once again won the championship, collecting 11 wins.

Both riders stayed with the team for 2006. Rossi earned 5 wins and finished 2nd in the championship.

For the 2007 season, both riders remained with the team riding the new 800cc Yamaha YZR-M1. Rossi had 4 wins and finished the season 3rd overall.

For 2008, Yamaha had a unique line-up with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Although the pair were fighting for the title from different pit boxes (as Valentino Rossi chose to use Bridgestone tyres and as Jorge Lorenzo continued with Michelin), Yamaha operated as one brand and not two separate manufacturers. The title was won dominantly by the returning hero Rossi who won 9 of the 18 races and finished on the podium in every race except for two. Even though this was the learning year for Jorge Lorenzo, the Spanish star was able to cruise to victory at Estoril and finished 4th in the championship. In 2009, Yamaha dominated MotoGP with Rossi winning the title and Lorenzo finishing second. The pair won 10 out of the 17 races, and Yamaha won the Constructors' Championship.

MotoGP results (2004 onwards)[edit]

(key)

Year Moto Tyres Riders 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pts Final Pos
2004 Yamaha YZR-M1 M SAF ESP FRA ITA CAT NED BRA GER GBR CZE POR JPN QAT MAL AUS VAL 328 2nd
Carlos Checa 10 6 2 Ret 4 9 10 Ret 6 6 5 7 Ret 9 10 14
Valentino Rossi 1 4 4 1 1 1 Ret 4 1 2 1 2 Ret 1 1 1
2005 Yamaha YZR-M1 M ESP POR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED USA GBR GER CZE JPN MAL QAT AUS TUR VAL 546 1st
Colin Edwards 9 6 8 3 9 7 3 2 4 8 7 6 10 4 6 7 8
Valentino Rossi 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 2 3
2006 Yamaha YZR-M1 M ESP QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER USA CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL 371 2nd
Colin Edwards 11 9 9 3 6 12 5 13 6 12 9 10 10 Ret 8 4 9
Valentino Rossi 14 1 4 Ret Ret 1 1 8 2 1 Ret 2 1 3 2 2 13
2007 Yamaha YZR-M1 M QAT ESP TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER USA CZE SMR POR JPN AUS MAL VAL 365 4th
Colin Edwards 6 3 Ret 11 12 12 10 2 6 4 11 Ret 9 10 14 9 10 13
Valentino Rossi 2 1 10 2 6 1 2 4 1 Ret 4 7 Ret 1 13 3 5 Ret
2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 QAT ESP POR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER USA CZE SMR IND JPN AUS MAL VAL 563 1st
B Valentino Rossi 5 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 11 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3
M Jorge Lorenzo 2 3 1 4 2 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 10 2 3 4 4 Ret 8
2009 Yamaha YZR-M1 B QAT JPN ESP FRA ITA CAT NED USA GER GBR CZE IND RSM POR AUS MAL VAL 567 1st
Valentino Rossi 2 2 1 16 3 1 1 2 1 5 1 Ret 1 4 2 3 2
Jorge Lorenzo 3 1 Ret 1 2 2 2 3 2 Ret Ret 1 2 1 Ret 4 3
2010 Yamaha YZR-M1 B QAT ESP FRA ITA GBR NED CAT GER USA CZE IND RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS POR VAL 617 1st
Valentino Rossi 1 3 2 DNS 4 3 5 4 3 6 3 1 3 2 3
Jorge Lorenzo 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 4 4 3 2 1 1
Wataru Yoshikawa 15
2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER USA CZE IND RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 446 2nd
Jorge Lorenzo 2 1 2 4 2 Ret 6 1 2 2 4 4 1 3 2 DNS C
Ben Spies 6 Ret Ret 6 3 Ret 1 4 5 4 5 3 6 5 6 DNS C 2
Katsuyuki Nakasuga 10
2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA USA IND CZE RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS VAL 458 2nd
Jorge Lorenzo 1 2 2 1 1 1 Ret 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 Ret
Ben Spies 11 11 8 16 10 5 4 4 11 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 Ret Ret
Katsuyuki Nakasuga 2
2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 B QAT AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER USA IND CZE GBR SMR ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL 567 2nd
Jorge Lorenzo 1 3 3 7 1 1 5 DNS 6 3 3 1 1 2 3 1 1 1
Valentino Rossi 2 6 4 12 Ret 4 1 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 6 4

* Season in progress.

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