Yamaha RNF tune up for pre-season testing with operatic unveiling in Verona

Get your motor running: Andrea Dovizioso (right) and Darryn Binder will provide a balance of experience and exuberance to the Malaysian-owned team.

PETALING JAYA: The Yamaha RNF MotoGP team principal Datuk Razlan Razali is looking to kickstart the new year with pre-season testing at the Sepang Circuit from Feb 5-6.

After a two-month break, the excitement is building up for the new MotoGP season with the squad unveiling the livery for their Yamaha M1 bikes in Verona, Italy, yesterday accompanied by opera.

Their rider line-up for this year are Italian Andrea Dovizioso and rookie Darryn Binder (South Africa), which provides a balance of experience and exuberance to the Malaysian-owned team.

Off the track, the team have attracted various sponsors with equipment manufacturer IXON being the latest addition. Malaysian companies RCB and Telcowin are also team sponsors.

“The first official test is just around the corner and we are ready to get back to racing.

“Starting a new season and a new chapter for WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team. I am confident with the team’s dynamics and ability to perform, which has been proven through our previous successes.

“To be competitive, the team rely on quality and trustworthy partners,” said Razlan, who will be on double duty this year as both team principal and team owner.

The Malaysian team were previously known as the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team between 2019 and 2021.

However, Petronas ended their sponsorship of the team at the end of last year and the SIC subsequently relinquished ownership of the team, paving the way for Razlan to take full control.

The Qatar Grand Prix will kick off the new season from March 4-6.

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