While both Ducati and Honda have unveiled their 2013 liveries, those wanting to see what colors Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will be racing in for 2013 will have to wait a little longer. The official team launch for Yamaha Factory Racing will not be until either the IRTA test at Jerez in March, or at the first race of the season in Qatar. In the meantime, Lorenzo and Rossi have been in Indonesia, helping to launch a new logo for the Semakin di Depan, Yamaha's Indonesian subsidiary. The press office issued the following press release after the launch:
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team Touch Down in Indonesia
Jakarta (Indonesia), 25th January 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing superstars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi made their first appearance together as reunited teammates today in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two riders will spend two days attending a number of activities.
Today they helped to launch the new logo for one of the factory team’s key sponsors, Semakin di Depan (Yamaha Motor Indonesia) at a morning press conference in Jakarta.
Lorenzo and Rossi were joined by Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis to reveal the logo to the assembled international media.
They then went on to spend the afternoon shooting a television commercial for Yamaha Motor Indonesia.
Yamaha Factory Racing Rider
“I like the new Semakin Di Depan logo, I think it’s quite special and even better than the one before. I love coming here to Indonesia, the weather is spectacular and it’s very warm. The people are also very sweet and warm; it relaxes me to be in the country. I’m feeling very positive about the 2013 season, I think the arrival of Valentino is good and we have a very strong team now. I know he is a very talented rider. We will start trying the new bike in Sepang at the next test; I think we have a great chance to be World Champion again. It is going to be very difficult as always, it’s the toughest category. We are confident with our possibilities though and we are one of the favourites. ”
Yamaha Factory Racing Rider
“I am so proud to wear the new logo and am very happy to be back in the family! I cannot wait for another opportunity to ride the M1. I think the Yamaha Factory Team will be very strong this year with myself and Jorge. For me at this moment I have to be a little quiet and try to understand what my level is with the bike after the first test. My last Grand Prix victory was in 2010 so my first goal is to come back onto the podium as soon as possible, and to try to win a race.”
Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing
“It’s really nice to be here in Indonesia and seeing so many friends of Yamaha and supporters of the team. This year of course we have assembled our new team for the challenge of the 2013 MotoGP season with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi back together again in Yamaha’s ‘super’ team. This is a wonderful occasion for us to be here for with our riders together for the first time this season and also to have the fantastic new Semakin Di Depan logo, I love the new styling.”