Yamaha has unveiled the 2015 factory YZR-M1 it hopes will help Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo end the recent domination of Honda rival Marc Marquez.
The new YZR-M1 was officially unveiled during Movistar Yamaha’s official team launch in Madrid earlier today.
It is the bike Yamaha is hoping can break the supremacy currently being held by Marquez and Honda. Spanish sensation Marquez won a record-breaking 13 races in 2014 to successfully defend the crown he won in a historic season as a rookie in 2013.
Italian Rossi emerged as the biggest threat to Marquez in a stunning campaign for the nine-times world champion, who claimed 13 podium finishes in 18 races, including two victories in Misano and Phillip Island.
He defeated teammate Lorenzo and Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa in the final standings and is confident on the new 2015 YZR-M1 he will be a serious contender for a 10th world championship title.
Rossi and Lorenzo kick off their 2015 world championship preparations with the first pre-season test of the year getting underway at the Sepang track in Malaysia
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The fastest woman ever around the isle of Man TT, Jenny Tinmouth, is set to be rewarded for her privateer efforts with a full-factory Honda seat in the MCE British Superbike Championship for 2015.
Tinmouth will join Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran as a fully-fledged member of the series’ only factory-backed team.
Tinmouth has been a loyal Honda rider for years, while struggling to get her bike on the grid. Working in a team of two with her business partner, she’s also managed to hold down a busy motorcycle workshop business while doing all her own race bike spannering.
Speaking after the announcement, the Chester native said: “I’m absolutely over the moon and cannot believe I’m riding for Honda Racing in the British Superbike Championship. The offer was totally unexpected. I went for a meeting with Nick (Campolucci) to discuss the season and had a few cheeky questions I wanted to ask about Honda helping me out with bikes, and when the offer came I couldn’t believe what I was being asked.”
“I went into the meeting thinking it would just be some help and came out as a full-time Honda rider. It’s always been my ultimate dream to ride for the team and to have the opportunity this year is just amazing. I’m riding the Honda BSB bike for the first time during a team test in March and I can’t wait.”
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