YFR history

Yamaha Factory Racing is Yamaha’s wholly-owned full-Factory Team in MotoGP. The team was founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a Factory-supported team in the 500cc class for the previous two years. A new company - Yamaha Motor Racing B.V. - was set up in the Netherlands to manage all but the technical side of Yamaha’s international racing activities and to run the team.

In 2005 Yamaha Motor Racing as a company completed the move from the Netherlands in order to create a single Yamaha MotoGP European operation in Italy (Yamaha Motor Racing Srl), strengthening and centralising the management of the team and all MotoGP operations.

Although responsibility for the technical aspects of MotoGP remains predominantly at Yamaha’s MotoGP Group in Japan, a number of Japanese engineering staff complete the European MotoGP set-up. The team is based in Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), close to Monza. The facility was rebuilt during 2008 and a new state-of-the-art facility was opened, giving the team a superb new headquarters with all technical, logistical, managerial and communications departments under one roof.

At the beginning of 2014, telecoms giant Telefónica Spain announced a new title sponsorship for the Yamaha team, using their well-known Movistar brand. The two parties signed for a five-year partnership, something previously unheard of in MotoGP.

As of 2018, Kouichi Tsuji becomes President of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, while Lin Jarvis is Managing Director, a position he has held since the start of the company in 2005. The experienced Italian former rider Massimo Meregalli continues as Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director, a position he has held since 2011.

Yamaha Factory Racing Statistics

2017
Maverick Viñales (SPA) – 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 3 wins and 7 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 5th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 6 podiums
Yamaha’s 500th Grand Prix Win – Rounds 5: Le Mans (Maverick Viñales)
2016
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 10 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) – 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 4 wins and 10 podiums
Team World Champion
2015
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) – 1st MotoGP World Championship, 7 wins and 12 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 4 wins and 15 podiums
Constructors World Champion
Team World Champion
2014
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 13 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) – 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 11 podiums
2013
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) - 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 8 wins and 14 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 4th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 6 podiums
2012
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 6 wins and 16 podiums
Ben Spies (USA) - 10th MotoGP World Championship, 0 win and 0 podiums
2011
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) - 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 3 wins and 10 podiums
Ben Spies (USA) - 5th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 4 podiums
2010
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 9 wins and 16 podiums
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 10 podiums
Constructors World Champion
Team World Champion
2009
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 1st MotoGP World Championship, 6 wins and 13 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) - 2nd MotoGP World Championship, 4 wins and 12 podiums
Constructors World Champion
Team World Champion
2008
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 1st MotoGP World Championship, 9 wins and 16 podiums
Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) – 4th MotoGP World Championship, 1 win and 6 podiums
Constructors World Champion
Team World Champion
2007
Valentino Rossi (ITA) - 3rd MotoGP World Championship, 4 wins and 8 podiums
Colin Edwards (USA) - 9th MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 2 podiums
2006
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 2nd in MotoGP World Championship, 5 wins and 10 podiums
Colin Edwards (USA) – 7th in MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 1 podium
2005
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 1st in MotoGP World Championship, 11 wins and 16 podiums
Colin Edwards (USA) – 4th in MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 3 podiums
Team World Champion
2004
Valentino Rossi (ITA) – 1st in MotoGP World Championship, 9 wins and 11 podiums
Carlos Checa (SPA) – 7th in MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 1 podium
Team World Champion
2003
Carlos Checa (SPA) – 7th in MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 0 podiums
Marco Melandri (ITA) – 15th in MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 0 podiums
2002
Max Biaggi (ITA) – 2nd in MotoGP World Championship, 2 wins and 8 podiums
Carlos Checa (SPA) – 5th in MotoGP World Championship, 0 wins and 4 podiums
2001
Max Biaggi (ITA) – 2nd in 500cc World Championship, 3 wins and 9 podiums
Carlos Checa (SPA) – 6th in 500cc World Championship, 0 wins and 3 podiums
2000
Max Biaggi (ITA) – 3rd in 500cc World Championship, 2 wins and 4 podiums
Carlos Checa (SPA) – 6th in 500cc World Championship, 0 wins and 4 podiums
1999
Max Biaggi (ITA) – 4th in 500cc World Championship, 1 win and 7 podiums
Carlos Checa (SPA) – 7th in 500cc World Championship, 0 wins and 1 podium