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Sensational second for Spies in 800cc Grand Prix finale

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha Factory rider Ben Spies delivered a sensational performance today to take second in the tomorrow’s Gran Premio Gernerali de la Comunitat Valenciana, the final race of the 800cc era and the season closer. read more »

Spies bounces back for front row start in Valencia

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies made it count this afternoon in difficult weather conditions to take third on the grid for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Valencia.

Jorge Lorenzo to miss season finale at Valencia

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will not participate in this weekend’s season finale at Valencia. The Mallorcan is still recovering from finger surgery following a crash in warm up in Australia.

Ben Spies to withdraw from Malaysian Grand Prix

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies will not participate in Sunday's Shell Advance Motorcycle Grand Prix

Tough qualifying for Spies in Malaysia

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Malaysia proved to be a tough challenge for Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies today at the Sepang International Circuit.

Katsuyuki Nakasuga to replace Jorge Lorenzo for Malaysian Grand Prix

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha YZR-M1 test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga has been drafted in to replace injured Yamaha Factory Racing star Lorenzo for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Malaysia.

Lorenzo’s surgery a success

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Following successful plastic surgery in Australia, Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo has now flown home to Barcelona for a period of recovery.

Lorenzo to miss Sepang race through injury

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has had successful surgery for his left hand injury he suffered on Sunday morning when he crashed at the end of the warm-up session in Phillip Island. However his team announced that he wouldn't be able to race next weekend for the Shell Advance Malaysian GP.

Lorenzo and Spies ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will not ride in today’s race following separate on-track incidents by both.

Lorenzo stays sharp to secure front row start at Phillip Island

Thursday, 1, January 1970

Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo kept the pressure on today in qualifying at Phillip Island, taking second on the grid for tomorrow’s Iveco Grand Prix of Australia.

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Yamaha Factory Racing Information:

Yamaha Factory Racing is Yamaha’s fully owned Factory Team in the MotoGP Championship. Based in Gerno di Lesmo, Italy, 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 2011 season, the team is headed by Team Director Massimo Meregalli and Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg who share responsibility for the collective team management tasks.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix racing, the Yamaha team enters the 2011 season with reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who will defend the title he won with the Yamaha Factory Racing team in his fourth season on the YZR-M1 and his fourth year in the premier class. The Spanish rider is joined this year by 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Ben Spies. The Texan moved up from the Tech 3 Yamaha Team to join Yamaha’s Factory Racing outfit, replacing Valentino Rossi, who made the move to the Ducati Team.

Team Management

  • Shigeto KitagawaYMR President
  • Lin JarvisManaging Director
  • Masahiko NakajimaGeneral Manager Motorsport Development Division
  • Kouichi TsujiMotoGP Group Leader

Jorge Lorenzo Crew

  • Wilco ZeelenbergTeam Manager
  • Ramon ForcadaCrew Chief
  • Davide MarelliData Engineer
  • Takashi MoriyamaYMC Engineer
  • Javier UllateMechanic
  • Walter CrippaMechanic
  • Valentino NegriMechanic
  • Juan LlansàMechanic

Ben Spies Crew

  • Massimo MeregalliTeam Manager
  • Tom HouseworthCrew Chief
  • Erkki SiukolaData Engineer
  • Hiroya AtsumiYMC Engineer
  • Gregory WoodMechanic
  • Jurij PellegriniMechanic
  • Ian GilpinMechanic
  • Olivier BoutronMechanic
  • Bike Info
  • Bike Yamaha YZR M1
  • Engine Four stroke V4, liquid cooled
  • Power Over 200hp
  • Top Speed In excess of 320km/h
  • Chassis Twin-tube aluminium frame
  • Dry weight 150kg
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  • Suspension
  • Front Inverted forks (Öhlins)
  • Rear Rear shock (Öhlins)
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  • Brakes
  • Front Two 320mm carbon discs (Brembo)
  • Rear Single 220mm stainless steel disc (Brembo)
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