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Tenere 700 Revealed


Yamaha's in-depth off road expertise is beyond doubt. Now the time has come to re-establish Yamaha as a leading force in the adventure segment with the introduction of the all-new Ténéré 700 - a lightweight no compromise adventure bike with one of the highest specifications in its class Equipped with the successful CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine and a completely new chassis, the Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver class-leading handling and agility in the dirt - combined with high speed long distance performance on the road - making it extremely capable in Australian conditions. 689cc 4-stroke CP2 engine with adventure settingsYamaha has revolutionised the motorcycle world with the development of the crossplane philosophy engines that power a range of the company's best-selling models, and the new Ténéré 700 is equipped with the highly respected 689cc parallel-twin engine. The key characteristic of this compact CP2 engine is its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with outstanding acceleration - attributes that make it a capable and versatile performer on and off the road. Producing maximum torque at 6500rpm, this engine offers the ideal balance of performance and controllability - and with its excellent fuel economy, it contributes towards the Ténéré 700's ability to cover long distances between fuel stops. To cater for the unique requirements of adventure riders, the final transmission is optimised, and together with a range of model-specific fuel injection settings, these features contribute towards the bike's outstanding versatility and remarkable performance in different riding environments. New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frameDuring the development of the Ténéré 700 one of the key goals was to achieve a slim, agile and light feeling chassis that would be equally suited to both road and off road riding. To satisfy these requirements Yamaha's designers have developed an all-new lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame that combines a low weight with immense strength, making it ideally suited a variety of riding conditions. Featuring a compact 1590mm wheelbase and a slim body, this rugged chassis delivers responsive handling characteristics, and with 240mm of ground clearance the Ténéré 700 is designed to keep its rider out of trouble over the roughest terrain. Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seatThe ability to shift your body weight forwards and rearwards to suit the terrain ahead is crucial when you want to maintain full control in off road riding situations, and so the Ténéré 700 is equipped with a flat 880mm high seat and slim body that allows maximum rider agility. The compact bodywork and narrow fuel tank also enable you to grip the tank with your knees whether sitting or standing, giving added confidence and control in every situation. Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlightsThe new Ténéré 700 is equipped with a distinctive looking headlight assembly that is a direct spin off from Yamaha's latest factory rally bikes and the T7 concept machine. A total of four LED headlights project powerful beams of light that can light up the darkest wilderness. Stacked in a 2 + 2 layout and protected by a clear nacelle - and with two LED position lights at the base - this strong face gives a purposeful look that matches this new adventure bike's imposing character. Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forksWhen you're riding in the dirt you need the best possible suspension systems, and the Ténéré 700's long travel forks are undeniable evidence that this is a serious adventure bike with class-leading off road capabilities. The flex resistant 43mm forks stay in shape over the most extreme terrain to give precision steering and smooth suspension action - and with 210mm of suspension travel, this high specification front end enables you to attack the most challenging off road terrain with confidence. Offering full damping adjustment, these rally-specification front forks ensure high levels of comfort with lightweight handling performance when you're on the road, making the Ténéré 700 one of the most capable and enjoyable long distance tourers. Remotely adjustable rear shock absorberThe Ténéré 700 is equipped with a rally-bred link-type rear suspension system that gives smooth and progressive action for maximum riding comfort and enhanced levels of control. Featuring a lightweight aluminium swingarm for low unsprung weight, this high specification rear end offers 200mm of travel which, like the front suspension system, is designed to be able to handle the most severe off road riding conditions as well as giving a comfortable ride on the road. Another significant feature is the remote adjuster that lets you fine tune the preload settings while you're on the go, making it quick and easy to dial in the shock to suit the riding conditions. Rally style cockpit with tapered handlebarsSitting on the new Ténéré 700 with the rally-bred cockpit in front of you, you'll absorb the pure Dakar character of this new generation adventure bike, and be inspired to get out there and explore. The compact rally screen and nose fairing give you excellent protection from the wind while maintaining the slim and lightweight character of the bike, and the competition type tapered handlebars give a relaxed riding position whether you're seated or standing. 21-inch front & 18-inch rear spoked wheelsJust like the high specification front and rear suspension, the spoked wheels clearly demonstrate that this bike is built for serious off road riding. With their ability to efficiently absorb the continuous impacts experienced when riding in rough terrain, these lightweight wheels work with the long travel suspension to give you optimum handling performance and control. Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres are fitted as original equipment, and because the Ténéré 700 features a competition type 21-inch front wheel/18-inch rear wheel combination, you have the possibility to fit a wide choice of tyres to suit your own requirements - ranging from a pure enduro pattern for predominantly off road use, through to dual sport pattern tyres for year round on/off road versatility. Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacityThroughout the development of this new generation adventure bike, Yamaha's key goal was to deliver class leading off road performance together with outstanding road abilities and offer a genuine long range potential. The slim design of the fuel tank belies its 16-litre capacity, and its narrow rear section offers plenty of rider mobility and excellent knee grip. Whether you're sitting down or standing up, the compact dimensions of this long-range fuel tank enable you to shift your weight around effortlessly – and thanks to the excellent economy of the 2-cylinder engine, 16-litres of fuel will give a potential riding range of over 350km which gives the new Ténéré 700 a high level of year-round all-terrain versatility. Compact rally style multi-function instrumentsAnother example of how the new Ténéré 700 has been developed using rally-bred technology can be seen with the compact rally style instruments. Located centrally behind the screen for great visibility, this lightweight instrument panel displays a wide range of information that can be absorbed without having to take your eyes off the road or track. The multi-function LCD display features comprehensive information including gear position, fuel level, two trip meters and estimated fuel range, as well as average and instant fuel consumption and more. The cockpit is designed to accommodate the fitment of aftermarket navigation devices, enabling you to add extra equipment to suit your own requirements, including GPS, road book readers and smart phones. Switchable ABS for easy adjustmentThe braking system consists of dual 282mm wave front discs and a 245mm wave rear disc that gives high levels of stopping power with plenty of feel at all speeds on the highway or in the dirt. When you're riding off road you have the option to temporarily disable the ABS whenever required by activating the kill switch while stationary. With the ABS turned off you can take full manual control, and in particular you can choose to lock the rear wheel deliberately in certain situations - such as very tight turns or on steep descents. Good rider protectionOn long journeys the screen and front cowl give good protection from the wind and weather, and because of the bike's slim and compact body you are able to tuck in tightly to the chassis and keep out of the main airflow. As well deflecting wind and rain, the tough plastic handguards also help to prevent damage from rocks and stones kicked up by vehicles in front of you, and they offer added protection from branches and foliage when you're in the wilderness. And if you do take a tumble in the dirt, they help to protect the levers and throttle from accidental damage. Key technical features• High-torque 689cc 4-stroke CP2 parallel-twin engine• New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame• Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat• Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights and two LED position lights• Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forks with 210mm travel• Remotely adjustable link-type rear suspension with 200mm travel• Compact rally style cockpit with tapered handlebars• 21-inch/18-inch lightweight spoked wheels with adventure tyres• Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacity for 350km+ range• Compact rally-style multi-function instruments• Switchable ABS for on the fly adjustment• Screen and handguards give good rider protection AvailabilityThe new Ténéré 700 will be available late 2019 at Australian and NZ Yamaha dealers in Ceramic Ice, Competition White and Power Black. RRP is TBA Yamaha genuine accessoriesYamaha has developed a full range of genuine accessories that enable customers to build their very own Ténéré 700 with a look, feel and specification. Matching Yamaha adventure apparel will also be available. Check out the Ténéré 700 movie here https://youtu.be/SooOLk6YuWI and get set to expand your horizon...

All new WR450F breaks cover


A combination of linear and tractable power, pinpoint handling, clockwork reliability and the ability to be road registered in many territories has led WR450F to become a firm favourite with fast trail riders and racers alike. In Australia for example, the versatile WR450F has dominated the retail charts by selling more than any other motorcycle and in the process has introduced many enduro riders to the victorYZone over the last two decades.  Like the original 1999 WR450F, the new 2019 model is heavily based on the successful YZ450F platform – an apex predator motocross bike that blends mind bending power with total control. Now in order to re-inforce its status as the most popular large capacity off road motorcycle, the 2019 WR450F comes with the following revisions: ENGINE Engine based on the cutting edge YZ450F The power unit is based on the current YZ450F engine but with specific enduro settings. The reverse fed, mass centralised layout and specifications are the same as the YZ450F engine, but the intake and exhaust systems, fuel injection and ignition advance maps are tuned to provide the fast enduro rider with stronger and longer-lasting pulling power at high rpm. Free flow air filter contributes to linear response The filter element features reduced airflow resistance with increased reliability. The new filter and the length of the intake funnel contribute to an excellent feeling of traction and linear characteristics during acceleration and deceleration. A model-specific muffler design is also adopted. And adding rubber seals to the centre positioning pin increases its dust-filtering capability.  Lighter, tougher clutch The new WR450F’s clutch adopts the same spec as the 2019 YZ450FX. In order to better handle harsh enduro conditions, a highly heat-resistant friction plate is specced. Also, a new design that eliminates the judder spring is adopted for a lighter clutch lever pull and greater reliability Wide‐ratio 5‐speed transmission The new WR450F adopts a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission with the same spec and same gear ratios as the 2019 model YZ450FX. This provides both good off-road performance to clear difficult and technical areas as well as high-speed performance for flat dirt sections. Also, the shapes of the dog gears have been revised. Mass centralised starter system A lightweight starter motor contributes to mass centralisation. Also, a garter spring is adopted for the spring of the one-way clutch in order to reduce horsepower loss – a 60% reduction in load compared to the outgoing model. The kick starter is now an optional accessory part that has been eliminated to save weight. New smartphone tuning On board WiFi means that you can tune the new WR450F to different track conditions using your smartphone. The new Power Tuner app allows you to make fueling and ignition timing changes instantly and upload/share them for the ultimate in track-side tuning. The free Yamaha Power app also allows owners to record race log information and monitor a range of data such as maintenance and system diagnosis, engine run time and more. Engine map switch A bar-mounted dual engine map switch has been adopted and positioned next to the left lever to enable changes in the engine power delivery characteristics mid-race. This switch allows the rider to select one of two engine maps on the fly at the press of a button to cater for changes in the riding environment. CHASSIS Sharp handling YZ450F bilateral beam frame WR450F now runs the same bilateral beam frame as the current model YZ450F. To achieve a rigidity balance with the amount of flex needed for enduro riding, the fastening torque of the front engine mount brackets has been altered to fine-tune the rigidity. The upper-side mounts are the same as on the YZ450F, while two-plate type mounts are used for the front-side mounts. These tuning changes are the same as on the 2019 YZ450FX.  The result contributes to the machine’s excellent feeling of contact with the ground and offers feedback about the riding surface while providing a light feel to the handling. Industry leading front and rear suspension  WR450F runs the same KYB air-oil-separate upside-down front fork as the YZ450F but with model-specific enduro settings to provide stable damping force. This suspension is acknowledged to be the best available on a production dirt bike and responds particularly well during the transition between the compression and rebound strokes. The outer tubes are the same as the YZ450F and contribute to a secure feeling of ground contact. The diameter of the fork tubes has been increased compared to YZ450FX (24 mm to 25 mm) as has the flow rate of the fork oil. The mid-speed valve (MSV) that provides damping in the mid-speed range has been changed from a coil spring type to a leaf spring type. This mechanism responds to even the slightest amounts of oil flow and so delivers excellent damping feel at low speeds.  The rear shock absorber is also based on the YZ450F unit and features enduro model-specific settings. It features a coil with a higher fatigue strength than the current model’s and with an 11.5mm wire diameter achieves a weight reduction of approximately 350 grams. The capacity of the reservoir has been increased by 30cc to run cooler and achieve a more stable damping force. More protective bashplate The new WR450F features a more protective plastic resin engine guard to help prevent damage to the frame, engine, water pump and hoses when running through ruts or from impacts by kicked up rocks. Also, reducing the size of the open space at the front limits the amount of mud and stones entering and so reduces additional running weight.  Larger fuel tank A newly designed 7.9-litre plastic resin fuel tank is featured that reduces the frequency of refueling during longer distances. The current YZ450F’s tank was used as the developmental base, and the lower portion has been extended toward the centre of the bike to improve mass centralisation, and to increase the tank’s capacity. A compact fuel pump is another new feature. These changes have made it possible to achieve a slim, compact body design comparable to the YZ450F that also results in minimum interference with the riding position. New forged aluminium sidestand A lighter and less obtrusive forged aluminium sidestand is positioned to ensure plenty of ground clearance when riding through ruts and the like. The new stand sits higher and the amount it juts out from the chassis is reduced which helps prevent snagging. The weight of the stand has also been reduced by about 100g. This is the same as the 2019 model YZ450FX stand design. Sleek new headlight cowl The WR450F’s new headlight cowl sits lower and closer to the rider. It contributes to centralisation of machine mass and helps to create a light, agile impression for the machine. Lightweight speed sensor with high-precision display  A new lightweight front wheel speed sensor connects to a highly precise speed display and with no more speedo drive, makes front wheel changes easier. The system features a pulse wheel and sensor system known for excellent reliability and provides the detailed speed information essential for enduro riding.  Main features carried over from existing WR450F • Rearward-slanted cylinder design featuring optimised weight distribution • Wet sump lubrication  • Lightweight switch free starting system • Large-capacity radiator (same as YZ450F) and cooling fan • Lead battery resistant to effects of changes in ambient air temperature  • Headlight, LED tail light • Speedometer, fuel level warning lamp, engine warning lamp View the movie here - https://youtu.be/hpkuDZDU88A To keep up to date with the latest 2019 WR450F news, register your details at yma.bike/forallreasons 2019 WR450F Specifications Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve Displacement 450 cm³ Bore x stroke 97.0 mm x 60.9mm Compression ratio 12.8 : 1 Lubrication system Wet sump Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc Ignition system TCI Starter system Electric Transmission system Constant mesh 5-speed Frame Semi double cradle Caster angle 27º Trail 116 mm Front suspension Telescopic forks Rear suspension Swingarm - link type suspension Front brake Hydraulic single disc Rear brake Hydraulic single disc Front tyre 90/90-21 54M (tube type) Rear tyre 130/90-18 65M (tube type) Overall length 2175 mm Overall width 825 mm Overall height 1270 mm Seat height 955 mm Wheel base 1480 mm Min ground clearance 320 mm Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 119 kg Fuel tank capacity 7.9 L Oil tank capacity 0.90 L Colour Team Yamaha Blue and White Warranty Three months, parts only RRP TBA Availability January 2019 

Movistar Yamaha Put Up Fierce Fight in the Malaysian GP


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales pushed to the max during today's Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, putting on a brave ride from 11th on the grid to 4th position over the finish line.Valentino Rossi had a heroic run at the Sepang International Circuit, but it ended in heartbreak on lap 17 when he crashed out of the lead. He was able to rejoin the race and took the chequered flag in 18th place. Viñales started from 11th on the grid and soon found himself in 10th position. After warming up his tyres on the first two laps, he began his charge. His pace was as strong as the front group, meaning he had no problems cutting through the field, though there was a lot of ground to be made up. With nine laps to go he took over sixth place from Andrea Dovizioso. The Spaniard didn't waste any time to also pass Dani Pedrosa. He was trying to close the gap to Álex Rins but was unable to catch him. As his teammate at the front made a small mistake, Viñales crossed the line in fourth place, 4.667s from first. Rossi had a perfect start from second, taking the hole shot and holding the lead superbly. He had a stunning consistent pace that allowed him to make a clean getaway from his pursuers. Though his advantage went up and down over the first half of the race, there was no one who could really reach Rossi at the front, let alone make an attempt at passing the nine-time World Champion. However, in the final ten laps the heat and the tyre degradation meant Marc Márquez was closing in. The Doctor responded by picking up the pace and defended his first place brilliantly, but a small mishap in Turn 1 on lap 17 caused him to slide down the tarmac. He was able to rejoin the race in 18th place and finished in the same position, 58.288s from first. Today's results see Rossi hold on to third position in the championship standings with a 25-point gap to second. Viñales, in fourth place, reduced the gap to his teammate to 2 points. Yamaha is still in third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Malaysia, with a 38-point margin to second, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team remain in second position in the team standings, with now a 39-point gap to first.The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in two weeks' time for the final showdown of 2018, the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, held from November 16th - 18th. Maverick Viñales - Position: 4th – Championship: 4th – Points: 193"I already said yesterday that we lost the race in qualifying. This morning I went out in the wet again and I finished first. Everything in MotoGP is so close now, so you have to start at the front. The tyre wear also gets worse when you're fighting your way up from the back, you destroy the tyres. I was close to the podium, but with four laps to go the tyre dropped a lot and I couldn't do anything about it. The team worked very well this weekend, they provided me with a really good bike. I think that, if I had started from the front, I would have been fighting for the race. I'm actually really happy that at three different tracks I was in contention to win. I think there are still many things that we can improve on, but things are better compared to before, and now I can be more consistent. I think Valencia will be a good track for us, I really like the track, it's good for my riding style, so let's see." Valentino Rossi - Position: 18th – Championship: 3rd – Points: 192"It was a great shame because this was my best race of the season. I felt comfortable, I had a good pace, I pushed, and I had the chance to win, but unfortunately with four or five laps to go I fell - I don't understand what happened. I made a mistake, because I crashed. It's such a pity, but it still remains a good weekend, because we improved the setting of the bike. I think we have to do some more work, but it looks like we were able to use the bike in a better way in the last few races. This is good, but we have to see if we're also strong in Valencia. It's a difficult track for us in general, but we have to try." Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director"For sure this is not the ending we had hoped for this weekend. The final results don't do justice to the pace of our riders, because they both had really strong form this weekend. Maverick had to start from the fourth row and make up a lot of ground. If he had started a bit more towards the front, he would have been a top contender today, because his pace matched Vale's. Valentino did exactly what he needed to do at the start. He was leading the race perfectly, so it's a great shame it ended the way it did. Nevertheless, we can take some positives from these last three races, as we made a step with the bike and were consistent in our performance. Today we were competitive at a circuit that doesn't necessarily play to our bike's strengths. So, with that in mind, we head to Valencia eager to fight at the front again during the season finale." Zarco Reconquers Podium - Syahrin Storms to Outstanding Top 10 at HomeStarting from the first place of the grid, Monster Yamaha Tech3's Johann Zarco came off the line well and was on an impressive pace from the word go. For 20 scorching laps, he was following the top and eventually fought the heat to be back on the podium with an amazing third place. Thereby, he was the fastest independent rider and retook the lead in the independent riders' championship before the last round of the season in Valencia. However, on the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin delivered a sensational start, making up 11 positions in the first corners. In the course of the very demanding and hot race, the local hero fought his way up to 10th place and pleased his home crowd with a breathtaking top 10 result. With it, the Malaysian MotoGP newcomer closes up again on Franco Morbidelli in the fight for the Rookie of the Year title, but still sits 10 points behind his opponent. Johann Zarco - Position: 3rd – Championship: 6th – Points: 149"I'm pretty happy, it was a fantastic race! But also difficult like usually in Malaysia. I was tired at the end, but the energy is coming back already. I think the key for that podium was the beginning of the race. I was thinking about overtaking Valentino (Rossi), but he was fast and it was good to be behind him. I could go away, but did a little mistake, when Marc overtook me. I tried to stay behind Marc, had a little gap, but was able to keep a good pace and then Valentino crashed, so I was second. I thought I can control, but four laps to the end Alex (Rins) was faster than me. Even if I was controlling the race well, when I tried to push a little bit more on the last laps, but I just got three tenths faster, which was not fast enough to keep the gap. He overtook me on the last lap. I tried to fight again, but I didn't have any rear grip anymore. Anyway, the third place is a good finish." Hafizh Syahrin - Position: 10th – Championship: 16th – Points: 40"It's just unbelievable! First of all, I want to say thank you very much to my team, because they always believe in me and give me great motivation. Yesterday has been a disaster for us, but we made up for it. In the starting grid, I saw my father and was just emotional and had to hug him. I want to thank everybody that came here. To arrive in the top 10 for my home GP was my target, but to be honest, I didn't believe it was possible. But in the end, we did it, which is incredible. I want to thank everybody; I love my family and my fans. I'm so happy!" Hervé Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Team Manager"What an unbelievable day today here in Sepang Malaysia. I think the race direction took the right decision to move everything forward two hours. We had great sunshine, a beautiful race and regarding Monster Yamaha Tech3, I'm very proud. For Johann, after getting that great pole position last night, he got a great start, put his head down, followed Valentino (Rossi) for quite a few laps, then Marc (Marquez) came into that group and this trio has been almost leading the race for two thirds, then Johann dropped a little bit, but he was always in contention for that so dearly awaited podium, where we haven't been since Jerez. I feel very sorry for Valentino, but he crashed, although I think he was doing a great race. At that moment we thought, the podium is almost in the bag and second position was quite easy and then we saw Rins coming from nowhere, doing incredible lap times. Congratulations to him. He passed us, but we are anyway very happy with the podium, a really strong weekend. It was a tough day today with the heat, with managing the body for the riders and also the tyres, so this is great. We are now leading the independent riders' championship, which is the main target for us now - in fifth, joint with Alex Rins, so Valencia is going to be something to challenge for us. But of course, this is only one part of the garage. On the other side, I was feeling very sorry last night after Qualifying for Hafizh, because I know how important this Malaysian Grand Prix was for him. I know the effort he put in to reach MotoGP and finally for his first home GP he was so disappointed, so sad. I tried to cheer him up this morning, I tried to cheer him up on the grid and - I don't know if there is a link in between what I told him and what he did, but the start was unreal. Maybe one of the best starts I've ever seen, at least this season and from that moment he was fighting with Miller, Petrucci and even Viñales at some stage. He finished the race in 10thposition, which is a dream for us and for him and I'm so happy, because Hafizh is not only an incredible team player, but he is a charming young man and he is the best ambassador Malaysia could have in MotoGP. I could feel how disappointed he was to see all the people coming to support him and him not delivering. Finally he did deliver and this is the cherry on the cake. We are going to fly back home after five weeks on the road, but we go home happy, positive in mind and ready to challenge what we have to do in Valencia."

Viñales Banks Brilliant Victory in Australia


The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are celebrating at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today, as they have returned to the top step of the podium with Maverick Viñales taking a stunning win. Valentino Rossi was also a strong contender in today's Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. He crossed the line in sixth place. VIñales didn't have the start he had hoped for from second on the front row and slotted into tenth position after the first corners. At the end of the first lap he started to climb his way back up the ranking order, and on lap 3 he moved into eighth position. He remained there for a while, but was looking comfortable. Drama happened with 21 laps to go, when Johann Zarco and Marc Márquez collided. Unaffected by the incident, the Factory Yamaha rider used the moment to launch his attack. He smoothly fought his way through the rider field to take the lead on lap 8. From that moment on he did exactly as he predicted yesterday: he put his head down, lapping 1'29s laps, to break away at the front. Towards the end of the race the Spaniard had a comfortable advantage of over 4s, allowing him to have a bit of a breather over the last five laps. He didn't put a foot wrong and secured a fantastic victory, with a 1.543s margin over his closest rival. Rossi had a good start from seventh on the grid, gaining a spot on the first lap. He continued to fight in the bunched-up leading group and soon found a way past Álex Rins to take fifth. He was looking to hit the front of the pack early but got involved in a scrap with Zarco and Jack Miller, which moved him back to sixth. As Zarco and Márquez touched going into turn 1 on lap 6, the fight for the lead heated up. Viñales took the number one spot on lap 8 and the Doctor was keen on following him. He wrestled for a bit with Andrea Dovizioso and initially came out victorious, so he could attempt to follow his teammate in first place, but he couldn't quite keep up the challenge. A fight with Andrea Iannone cost him some valuable time, and with 12 laps to go he got swept up again in a battle consisting of five riders fighting for second place. Rossi was pushed back to fifth but wasn't about to give up. With 8 laps to go he made another charge, briefly reclaiming second place, only to find himself in sixth again shortly after. The Italian pushed hard and had another try in the final three laps, but still finished the race in sixth place, 5.132s from his teammate. Today's results see Rossi hold third position in the championship standings with a 15-point gap to second. Viñales remains in fourth place, and thanks to his splendid win he currently has a 15-point gap to his teammate. Yamaha holds third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Australia, with a 44-point margin to second, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team remain in second position in the team standings, with now a 16-point gap to first. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Sepang International Circuit next weekend for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, held from November 2nd - 4th. Maverick Viñales - Position: 1st – Championship: 4th – Points: 180"This is the best feeling ever, honestly! We've been in the dark all year, and suddenly we came into the light! I couldn't show my potential in the previous races, but today I could. Being first in Australia is always amazing! It's the best track ever, and I like to be at the front there. To win here and break this long none winning period of Yamaha is unbelievable! I was riding on the bike like I was in FP4. I got a really good feeling from the bike, so I knew I could maintain 1'29s. That's what I did for most of the middle of the race. I tried to escape as far as I could, because I knew my tyre wasn't going to last until the end. I knew opening that gap would be difficult, I had some moments with some riders, and some shaking on the bike - I was struggling, but I still made it through anyway. It was amazing! I have to say 'thank you' to the team, because this weekend they worked for the win. We will try to be the best and we'll try to work in a good way. We don't want to lose the concentration, because we don't know what will happen in Malaysia, but for sure the level of motivation will be high after this weekend." Valentino Rossi - Position: 6th – Championship: 3rd – Points: 195"Unfortunately from the first lap I already started to slide a bit too much on acceleration. I lost some grip compared to yesterday and this morning. It's a shame because for sure we wanted to try to do better. I tried to ride smoothly and manage the tyres, but unfortunately after 15 laps I was in trouble, because when exiting left corners I had too much spin. We need to understand why this happened and then try to improve, but having Maverick win a race is good news for the team and Yamaha, because it gives great motivation." Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director"What a thrilling and dramatic race! Maverick is always strong at the Phillip Island circuit, and he once again outdid himself in Australia today. He really deserved the victory, because he had been strong the entire weekend. It's a great feeling for the team to secure a win again - we have all been working so hard for this. It's not just us who have been waiting, but also our fans, so this is as much for them as it is for us. It was a pity that Vale wasn't able to join the podium, because he was showing great potential for the majority of the race. It would have been great to have him up there too. He and his crew have also been pushing to the maximum, but sixth place was really the best he could do today due to tyre wear at the end of the race. Overall this weekend has been a great moral boost, because both riders were competitive, so we're all looking forward to the next round, the Grand Prix of Malaysia, in just a week's time." Monster Yamaha Tech3 Duo Shows Great Potential but Stays Without Rewards in AustraliaAfter Hafizh Syahrin was able to secure his best ever starting spot on the MotoGP grid, the Malaysian rookie started the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in a decent way, but concluded the first lap just in 13th. On the second lap of the race, he was even faster than the front and thereby, made up one position after another. In the sixth lap he reached 8th and was set to bring home what could have been his best premier class result yet, but unfortunately crashed out after 19 of 27 laps of the race. On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Johann Zarco came off the line well, following his second consecutive front row start, but got stuck in traffic during the first lap, which saw him returning in ninth position. The fast Frenchman fought hard within the leading group and made up ground step by step. While trying to pass Marc Marquez, he went too hot into the first corner, which unluckily brought his race to an early conclusion. Hafizh Syahrin - Position: DNF – Championship: 18th– Points: 34"Until lap 19 I had a good race. I just lost the front because I tried to close again on Miller. In the straight it is just impossible, as the Ducati just passes very easily. The guys and myself, we are already working very hard with our package, which is a bit different to the rest of the Yamahas. I was fighting with the faster group in the front, but it was just technically impossible to keep up with them, although I was pushing very hard. It's a great pity to crash on the 19th lap. Anyway, we keep pushing, working hard and believing in ourselves because my team and me work very hard to be strong in the race. We tried to use our speed for a good result, but in the end we didn't have a chance to fight with the rest of the riders in front." Johann Zarco - Position: DNF – Championship: 7th – Points: 133"It was a bit cold today, but the sunshine made it a nice day. Starting from third position was a good advantage. I got a good start, but in the second corner I slide with the rear and a few guys had the same, I lost a few positions, but then I was really feeling quite ok to attack and try to overtake. I'm happy about the feeling that I was strong and did some good passes. After a few laps, I was still feeling pretty good, I got the slipstream of Jack Miller and Marc Marquez was also there. We were going so fast and when we were braking for corner one, I touched the rear wheel of Marc and totally flew away. I had a big crash, but I'm okay, which is the most important thing, as that crash was really fast It's a shame about the race, because finish the race would have been important for the independent riders' championship, but I didn't. The crash was big and I am sorry that Marc could not finish the race. Thank you to my team, because the bike was competitive today! I did a mistake and I need to make up for it on the next two rounds." Hervé Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Team Manager"There are some days you wish what you see is a dream - or rather a nightmare. But unfortunately, what we saw today was reality. We had high hopes with a great Qualifying from both of our riders, Johann on the front row and Hafizh with his best ever Qualifying in 10th. The start was difficult as usual, it was a big pack as we saw in the other two classes and clearly, Johann was trying to find his way through the field after a bit hectic lap one. We could see that he was really fast and I think he wanted to use the advantage of the soft-soft choice he had made for front and rear and that was quite intense until that incident, which was unbelievable. When you see a rider going down at such a high speed - I think he touched the ground at 280 km/h - for the few seconds following the incident, you just hope nothing bad will happen. Johann had a really good reflex and although his bottom is quite sore, he was strong to walk back to the garage and be still fully fit and ready to race the next round. That was a big thing. Unfortunate for the fans and the racing overall, Marc and Johann were out of the race, which made it less exciting. So, our focus went on Hafizh, who was behind the leading group until he slowly los the contact. But he was still holding on a good eighth position and we were quite happy because although he was loosing ground he was still keeping a good pace and he crashed without any warning, without really understanding why. That was the end of our weekend. Both of our riders could have been really strong and both of them get no points, which is a big disappointment. I know you always have to keep up the 'never-give-up-attitude', but today it is hard, also with Remy in the Moto2 class. The only good thing is, our riders are fit, ok and we have a race next week."

Movistar Yamaha Return to Form with Thai GP Podium Fight


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were fighting at the front of the field for the entire length of the 26-lap race. Ultimately, it was Viñales who secured a place on the podium, taking third, just ahead of Rossi who finished fourth. Viñales started from fourth on the grid but lost two positions in the busy opening laps as all riders were vying for a place at the front of the rider field. Having settled in sixth position, the number 25 rider soon started to fight back. He reclaimed fifth position on lap 3, overtaking Johann Zarco, and picked up his pace to tag onto the leading group. The five front riders, including the Spaniard, soon broke away, but the threat from behind wasn't over just yet. On lap 11 the first three riders started to battle. This allowed the clever youngster to get into the mix, but it also meant that the pursuing field inched closer. The pressure was on the Yamaha rider, but he wasn't buckling. As the first three riders tried to break away once more, the youngster quickly overtook Cal Crutchlow, and with seven laps remaining, he joined his teammate. A lap later he overtook the Doctor, giving himself a clear view of the leading duo. With three laps to go the fight for the win really kicked off. Viñales was lying in wait directly behind Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez. Though he came just short of putting in a move, he was mighty close as he finished in third place, just 0.270s from first and 0.155s from second. Rossi had a flying start from P2 on the grid and held the position firmly through the first corner. He was on the attack right from the get-go, putting Marquez under pressure, especially in sector 4 before they crossed the line for the very first time. The Spaniard was desperate to shake off the Doctor, but was unsuccessful. The Italian kept running the pace and took over the lead with a brilliant move on lap 5, making the grand stands erupt. The nine-time World Champion held the number one spot until lap 11, when Dovizioso and Marquez pushed him back to third. With seven laps remaining, he was joined by his teammate. Though he had to let Viñales pass one lap later, he kept shadowing the frontrunners' every move and closed right back in on the final lap. However, an unsuccessful lunge in the final corner meant he remained in fourth place, as he took the chequered flag 1.564s from first. Today's results see Rossi hold third position in the championship standings with a 99-point margin to first and a 22-point gap to second. Viñales climbed up to fourth place with a 26-point gap to his teammate. Yamaha holds third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Thailand, with an 88-point margin to first, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are also in third position in the team standings with a 40-point gap to first and a 6-point margin to second.The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in two weeks' time for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, held from October 19th - 21st. Maverick Viñales - Position: 3rd - Championship: 4th - Points: 146"I was stronger than I expected in the race. I got stuck behind Cal and fought a little with Valentino, and after that I felt really good. The bike was working well, so I'm very pleased about that. For sure I'm happy to finish so close to the top, to be on the podium, and to be able to recover nearly one second at the end, all under difficult conditions in which we used to suffer. I'm honestly very pleased, because the work we've done this weekend was done in a good way. It was hot and slippery, but we were still there, so we have to take this race in Thailand as an example and work even harder for the next race. I had a lot of confidence in the front, especially on braking. Let's see if we can manage this again for the next races. If we can do it again in Japan, it will mean we have improved. It's important to stay consistent, precise, and focused."   Valentino Rossi - Position: 4th - Championship: 3rd - Points: 172"During this weekend we improved a lot. Unfortunately, I wasn't strong enough for the podium, but it was still a much better race than we had at the last three or four rounds. I always stayed at the front, in all the sessions, I started from the front row - we were competitive, and it was a good weekend, but it's still not enough. Our main rivals were a bit faster and we need to understand if this track helped us or if, in reality, we made a step."   Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director"It was great to see both Maverick and Vale fight at the front in today's race. It has been a positive GP weekend for both, especially considering the challenges we faced previously at this circuit and also in the previous round. The team pulled through and has done a great job. Maverick took a good third place, with Valentino not far behind in fourth. It's a shame our strong pace couldn't be rewarded by having our two riders on the podium after such a strong weekend by both of them, but we can be satisfied about the step we made. This is a good confidence boost before the usual overseas triple-header without a break in between the rounds, which starts in two weeks. The first one up is the race in Japan, which of course is another important round for Yamaha as it's our home GP. It will be crucial to keep the momentum we gained this weekend going during this busy period."   Fantastic Fifth by Zarco in Buriram - Syahrin Fights Back with Top Rookie Result With an incredible strong performance Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco fought back to the top 5 in today's scorching first ever Thailand Grand Prix. Starting from the third row of the grid, the fast Frenchman was quickly inside the fight for the top. Although he got passed later during the race, he fought back very strong to catch the fifth position on the final lap and eventually finish as the best independent rider. Likewise Hafizh Syahrin showed an amazing performance at the hot Chang International Circuit. Launching his 15th MotoGP race from P18, he found an impressive rhythm after the first laps and passed one opponent after another. The Malaysian newcomer to the premier class kept his fast lap times until the finish line to earn the laurels for the best rookie, plus four important points in the championship. Johann Zarco - Position: 5th - Championship: 8th - Points: 123"It's a track I like. The test has already been good in February. During the race weekend I was struggling, as I found it difficult to have a good pace, but in the race finally I was not that bad as I was thinking. I could enjoy it and was able to stick with the front, but still there was a gap in acceleration, so you need to compensate this, but when you try to catch them on the brake, you easily do a mistake and it was pretty difficult. I had to fight with Viñales in the beginning, but did a mistake and then I had to fight to catch back up. The pace was good. Then I saw Rins, I could push even more and overtook Crutchlow, plus Pedrosa crashed, so it was a tough race. It was difficult for me, but I think it was also difficult for them and at the end, I was fighting with Rins, who was in front of me. I was feeling good enough to catch him, but I knew that I had to stay focussed to don't do any mistake. Finally, he went a little bit wide and I could go inside in corner nine to safe the fifth position. I'm pretty happy, because I'm not far from the winner and first independent is very good for the championship overall."   Hafizh Syahrin - Position: 12th - Championship: 18th - Points: 28"I'm really happy to be back in the points. In the beginning of the weekend, FP1 until Qualifying, I was always in P18, so I felt a bit disappointed to myself, but I never gave up. I was really working hard with the team and they believed in me, which is what I needed. In the beginning of the race, my bike was overheating. The oil temperature was too hot and I didn't feel the power of the bike. I tried to understand and try to think what I can do, so I decided not to use any slipstream because the bike was so hot. So, I first passed Nakagami and thought I can catch up with Morbidelli, I passed him and then I tried to keep the rhythm. I was really consistent. But still, I need to work hard in the next rounds and try to get closer to Morbidelli again. Now we made two points on him, but it's still five to go, so we have to try to be in front of him for the rest of the season. Now we start to believe in our capacity, the bike worked well, I chose the right tyre and overall, we were working very well. I'm truly happy."   Hervé Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Team Manager"What a race here in Buriram for the Thai Grand Prix! After what we saw in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, I really wouldn't understand if the Thai crowd doesn't love this sport. I think it was an incredible day, an incredible and mad crowd, which is an unbelievable feeling. For Monster Yamaha Tech3, we didn't really know what to expect here. There was a lot of concern about the track conditions, the heat on the track and the tyre was a bit of a worry for everyone. Johann bravely decided to take a medium front, which was the softer option compared to most of his opponents and at the end of the race that paid off. The lap time never dropped. He had a great start, was right in front with the group, unfortunately he had a little bit of a moment touching Maverick (Viñales) in turn one, where he lost a full second on the leading group and then slowly by slowly, him, Dani (Pedrosa) and Alex (Rins) caught back on the front, but Johann was behind. Then Dani made a mistake and you could see that he was clearly closing. Cal (Crutchlow) was slowing down and finally we didn't know if we could have the possibility to pass Alex in the last sector of the last lap, but he made it. A top 5 is an unbelievable result, very close to the leaders and Yamaha was in three, four and five, so we were right behind the factory guys, plus the best independent rider, which is quite a lot time it didn't happen and the independent championship between Johann, Cal and Danilo (Petrucci) is very close. It's really exciting and I'm very happy for Johann and the whole team as well, because recently we went through some tough times and we know that a positive result brings a lot of positive spirit and a lot of the result is in the rider's mind. So, Johann is leaving Thailand for a week off before Japan with a positive frame of mind, which is very important. On the other side of the garage, Hafizh had a bad start, but showed an unbelievable recovery. He was lapping really fast, I was impressed. He decided to go hard - hard like the big boys and made it work. He passed all of his main opponents and just to die on the rear wheel of Andrea Iannone. His race was honestly one of the best the whole year. It was a bit of struggle in Misano and Aragon and we didn't know what to expect, but he showed us that we shouldn't worry about the future. He's learning a lot, his physical condition was great and without a small technical issue on his equipment I think there was a small possibility to end up ahead of Iannone. At the end of the day we are happy, our two guys made a great race and also very big congratulations to Hafizh and the entire Monster Yamaha Tech3 crew. Now we have one week before Japan, but if the show is the same there, it's going to be another exciting week. Meanwhile, we are packing as happy guys."

Movistar Yamaha Fight to 8th and 10th in Aragon GP


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales showed their grit during today's blistering hot Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón. Pushing to the limit in the 23-lap race at the MotorLand Aragón track, they made up various places and secured eighth and tenth place respectively. Rossi had a good start from 17th position, avoiding any drama and contact in the busy rider pack as they all flicked it left. He crossed the line at the end of the first lap in 12th place and soon gained another place as he overtook Takaaki Nakagami. Two laps later the Italian made further strides, moving up two positions when he passed Johann Zarco, whilst Cal Crutchlow took a fall. After the eventful opening laps, a lonely ride began for the Doctor. He was holding ninth place and steadily closed in on the rider in front of him. Not one to give up easily, he kept his head down. Two laps before the end he overtook Miller for eighth place and held on to that position until he took the chequered flag, 15.199s from first. Viñales struggled at the start of the race, dropping back from 14th place to 19th after the first corners, but after a couple of laps the local hero began his advance through the rider field. After Álvaro Bautista and Crutchlow had crashed out, he engaged in a battle with Hafizh Syahrin for 14th place. The Factory man muscled his way past his fellow Yamaha rider and then quickly closed the gap to a group fighting for tenth place. The Spaniard pounced as soon as he could, passing Zarco and Franco Morbidelli for twelfth. With 10 laps to go he also picked off Nakagami and Bradley Smith, breaching into the top-10. Next on his list was his teammate, Rossi, riding almost 6s ahead. With clear track in front of him, the youngster pushed out various personal best sectors but wasn't able to close the gap to ninth and finished in tenth place, 22.457s from the front. Today's results see Rossi hold third position in the championship standings with an 87-point margin to first and a 15-point gap to second. Viñales equals Lorenzo's point score but remains in fifth place with 130 points and a 29-point gap to his teammate. Yamaha holds third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Aragon, with a 79-point margin to first, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are also in third position in the team standings with a 44-point gap to first.The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Chang International Circuit in two weeks' time for the PTT Thailand Grand Prix, held from October 5th - 7th. Valentino Rossi - Position: 8th - Championship: 3rd - Points: 159"Today we also modified the bike a lot, we tried working in another way. Already from this morning I tried to feel a little bit better, so my feeling with the bike improved and we could make some adjustments for the race. The end of the race was better than what I expected, because I wasn't particularly fast, but my pace was consistent. I was able to recover a lot of positions - because I started from the back of the grid - to take some points for the championship. From one point of view, it's better than it was yesterday, but from another, our technical situation is quite difficult, because we have to fight to the maximum to be inside the top-10 at the moment." Maverick Viñales - Position: 10th - Championship: 5th - Points: 130 "I'm disappointed about how things are going. I'll just go home, try to relax, and start thinking about the next race. The rhythm wasn't there, though we had it in FP4 - on the same tyres we were doing 1'48s, but in the race it wasn't possible. I didn't feel great at the Buriram track in pre-season testing, but I'll try my best, as always, and take the maximum result."   Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director"We had a very difficult race weekend. To finish just inside the top-10 isn't a great result, but it's what was within our reach considering our starting positions. Vale and Maverick finalised their set-ups in the morning warm-up and found some small improvements. It's only natural that both our riders lost time in the first stages of the race, trying to make their way to the front, but they did the maximum they could today and kept fighting. This tough weekend is done, so now we'll focus on preparing for the next race, using the data we collected at the pre-season Buriram test."   Tough Aragón Grand Prix for Determined Zarco and Syahrin Today's 14th round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship season turns out a hard challenge for Monster Yamaha Tech3 's Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin, who both grit their teeth during the 23 laps race in order to limit the affects as good as possible. French star Zarco came off the line very well making up three positions on the first lap but was fighting very hard after the first third of the race to at least bring home two points. With five rounds to go, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider lies seven points behind his contenders in the fight for the best independent rider of the Championship. Meanwhile Syahrin showed an equally strong performance in the beginning of the race before struggling to keep his pace and eventually ending up in P18. The MotoGP newcomer aims to make up seven points now in order to equal Franco Morbidelli in the Rookies of the Year competition.Johann Zarco - Position: 14th – Championship: 8th – Points: 112"It was a very tough race. I had a good start and I was able to fight a bit with Petrucci at the beginning, but quite soon this first group in front of me went away. It was impossible to follow them and then the more laps I was doing, the worse the feeling got. We were slighting too much, we were fighting too much and we had no solution. I tried many things with my riding, but I didn't find anything that helped. It's very hard to finish a race like that because I'm exhausted and I was very slow. So, I hope we will have better weekends on different tracks, also circuits, where the other riders didn't test. I hope this can be a chance for me to do some good results in order to finish the season well." Hafizh Syahrin - Position: 18th – Championship: 18th – Points: 24"We made a good start, I was P13 in the beginning, just behind Rossi. I was fully motivated to stay with him, Morbidelli, Nakagami and Johann. I don't know why, but suddenly after eight laps I lost the rear contact on the ground, didn't have any grip anymore, I couldn't turn the bike and it was really hard to ride the bike like this. In the beginning of the race it was good, I believed we could score points in front of the other rookies, but in the end, I couldn't keep the pace. I was struggling a lot to stop the bike and to turn. Now, I try to continue with this motivation like in the beginning of the race. I don't know what to do, I just try to keep focused and try to take something away to improve myself and work hard with the team. I really hope Yamaha can find something to improve the bike."   Hervé Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Team Manager"We arrived in Aragón full of optimism and confidence. We weren't thinking to be on the podium but we thought we could be fighting for a top 10 result, which right now the level we have. Unfortunately, we leave Aragón with more than a bitter feeling, it's a big shame. I think it's the worst result of Johann when he finished a race, except maybe last year's Misano round when he run out of fuel in the last lap. That shows how far we are. Basically, our two guys had a good start, had a good rhythm for the first few laps and then they dropped, more dramatically for Hafizh then for Johann, but they both went down the order. Honestly, it was hard to follow the race. We are competitors, we are fighters and to see such a race is something that makes you wonder and that makes you feel truly sad. I think right now Johann said he's exhausted like he has been fighting for the victory and he ended up 14thand I think the whole team is feeling the same. It's a really tough moment. I can't remember and I can't believe if we've been that we've been fighting from pole position for podiums in the same season and now we're fighting for points. This is unbelievable. I don't think the tyre situation had anything to do with it because the race winner was on a soft rear, Iannone was on medium-soft, like we were, so on that department I think we were ok. But there are things to understand. I was also very excited to see Johann passing Petrucci and fighting in a group, where I thought he would stay long. I was excited to see Hafizh having a great start and being together with Valentino and in front of his fellow rookies, but unfortunately that didn't last long and we just lost ground. It's more than a pity, something we have to understand, because I don't think Johann and Hafizh deserve that result. I'm very sorry for our partners and for the people who follow us and are behind us. Clearly, we are in a crisis situation at the moment. I don't think we have the tools to recover soon. We can just hope that the next circuits will be more favorable. Johann and Hafizh had a great test in Thailand this winter, but this winter is already a long time ago, so I don't know. We have to regroup, we have to keep pushing, but now we have to pack for the four flyaways and the feeling is everything is going to be very heavy to pack. I'm unhappy, I'm sad, I'm angry, because we are not here to do that and I don't think the level of the team is what we see. But clearly, race after race it's almost the same comment, it's almost the same result. We saw Johann in the past being very aggressive and doing some unbelievable passes in the race, but we've just lost that. We haven't seen that for many, many races. He just seems to suffer, to struggle. We just seem to be outside of where we should be. It's a big shame."

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