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Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Ben Spies helped unveil the Yamaha Factory Team’s 2011 MotoGP livery today in Malaysia. The Yamaha team, which is defending it’s third consecutive MotoGP championship, unveiled the 2011 YZR-M1, which was dressed in a Yamaha corporate blue color scheme, and incorporated the iconic Yamaha speed block design.

The Yamaha Factory Team will continue preparations for the 2011 MotoGP season tomorrow at the testing session at the Sepang track.

“I’m very happy to be here again preparing to start another season riding with Yamaha,” said Jorge Lorenzo. “Winning the World Championship last season was an incredible feeling, but now we start again. I have a great crew and with the hard work of the Japanese engineers over the winter I feel confident we can fight for more success this year.”

This is Yamaha’s 50th year of MotoGP racing, and both Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo will work hard to bring Yamaha one more title.

“We worked really hard last year to earn the seat with the Yamaha Factory team so it’s a great feeling to be here alongside Jorge,” said Ben Spies. “It’s obviously a special year for Yamaha with the 50th Anniversary of GP racing celebrations so I’m really stoked to be par t of it. The bike’s feeling really good, we’ve got a few days more of testing now to really shake it down and fine tune the set up and we’ll be ready to go. I’m loving the corporate blue colour scheme, I’m a big fan of the design.”

The Yamaha team will have one more testing session before the start of the 2011 MotoGP season. After Sepang, the Yamaha team will travel to Qatar for one last session before the season starts on March 20th.

“I’m proud to be here for the 2011 Yamaha Factory Racing launch and the start of a new era for the team,” said Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing Srl. “This is an important year for us being our 50th anniversary of involvement in Grand Prix racing and we start the season not only with the reigning MotoGP World Champion but also welcoming Ben Spies, last year’s Rookie of the Year to the Factory Team. It’s fitting that we will line up for the start of this special year in our corporate colors.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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