Monster Energy will be replacing Movistar as the title sponsor for the Factory Yamaha team from 2019.
Movistar has been the title sponsor for the Factory Yamaha team since 2014. The Spanish company joined the MotoGP class back in 2000 with Kenny Roberts Suzuki RGV500 and then ventured to Honda with the late Daijiro Kato.
Movistar stuck with Honda up until the end of 2005, the season that Sete Gibernau clashed with current Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi at the final corner at Jerez.
Monster Energy has been a part of the MotoGP paddock for years, more recently linked with the Satelite Yamaha team, Tech 3. Monster joined forces with Tech 3 in 2008 with Colin Edwards and James Toseland. Since then the Monster Energy Tech 3 team has seen multiple MotoGP race winners ride for them.
A few months ago Yamaha announced that their co-operation with Herve Poncharals Tech 3 team will come to a close at the end of the 2018 season. A few weeks later KTM announced that they will run a second team, the Tech 3 KTM team that will most likely be backed by the Factory KTM’s title sponsor Red Bull.
This, of course, leaves Monster Energy looking for a team to sponsor, and that’s where Lin Jarvis’ Yamaha team comes in. Movistar’s contract was a 4 year deal from the start of 2014 to the end of 2018, and with the poor results and lack of TV time Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi have achieved over the last 14 months the telecommunications brand refused to extend their contract.
Yamaha will join forces with Monster Energy to form the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha Racing Team in 2019, and this is what it could look like.
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