Movistar Yamaha has unveiled its 2017 MotoGP race machine, the YZR-M1 on which Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales will compete for the title this year. Yamaha has become the first MotoGP manufacturer to unveil the 2017 race bike.
The 2017 YZR-M1 features a revised livery and both the riders unveiled their bikes during the launch event at title sponsor Movistar's headquarters in Madrid on Thursday. The new bike has a new blue colour scheme, which looks richer and a big Movistar decal on its fairing.
The young gun Vinales made his first public appearance in Yamaha blue at the launch. In the post-season test at Valencia, the Spaniard topped the practice followed by his veteran team-mate Rossi.
This season marks Rossi's 18th season in the premier class and for the past three years, he finished the championship as runner-up. The 37-year-old rider from Tavullia is still one of the top riders to beat and his hunger for victory is not over.
Both Rossi and Vinales will get their first chance to test the 2017 YZR-M1 at the official pre-season test at Sepang in Malaysia on January 30.
Yamaha's full-fledged modern day superbike is YZF-R1, which is developed with the company's racing knowledge in MotoGP. The R1 is claimed by many as the closest thing to a MotoGP racer because it features almost every technology that you can find on the M1. Check our photo gallery of the exclusive Yamaha YZF-M1 60th anniversary edition.