The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team is the Italian-Japanese factory team of Yamaha. Founded in 1999, the team initially had its base of operations in the Netherlands before moving to Italy in 2005. The team secured seven world championships since the inception of the MotoGP class in 2002.
Yamaha Factory Racing team came to the limelight in 2004 after the arrival of Valentino Rossi. The team managed to secure Team World Championship two times in as many years. After the success in 2005, the team had to wait until the 2008 season to capture the Team World Championship once again. This only bettered in the following seasons. With Lorenzo and Rossi at the helm, Yamaha Factory Racing managed to win three successive Team World Championships and Constructor World Championships from 2008 to 2010.
The win at Le Mans circuit in 2017 was the team’s 500th Grand Prix win.
Yamaha Factory Racing secured its first MotoGP riders’ championship in 2004 with Valentino Rossi. The successful relationship with the prolific Italian continued in the next couple of years with Rossi winning three more titles. Jorge Lorenzo’s arrival to the team brought more championship gold; riding the Yamaha, the Spaniard secured three riders’ championships since 2010 until his departure in 2016.
Valentino Rossi is currently enjoying his second stint with the company after having a brief spell with Ducati. Rossi found success with Yamaha in the latter half of the 2000s and captured multiple riders’ championships. His current stint has not lived up to the standards of his earlier form; yet’ the Italian manages to fight for the podium in almost every single race.
Maverick Viñales partnered Valentino Rossi in 2017 after the departure of Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard has had a decent spell so far and managed to secure three race wins in 2017 to end the season in the third place.
First MotoGP Race: 2002 Japanese Grand Prix
General Manager: Marco Riva
Managing Director: Jin Jarvis. He has held the position of managing director since 2005.