Yamaha has revealed its new paint scheme for Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies' factory YZR-M1s prior to the beginning of the final MotoGP pre-season test at Jerez on Friday.
With no key title backer since Fiat sponsored the team in 2010, Yamaha has stuck with its corporate blue paintwork for the 2012 season, which bears the additional logo of oil sponsor Eneos (more pics below).
2010 champion and 2011 runner-up Lorenzo, speaking at the unveiling of the works bikes, told the official MotoGP website he feels team-mate Spies can also be one of the main challengers to Casey Stoner's world crown this year.
“I think he can be one of the favourites for the world title,” said Lorenzo, who vowed to continue riding for Yamaha if the new 1000cc YZR-M1 is competitive this season.
“My first option is Yamaha. I would like to finish my career in Yamaha; if the bike is competitive this year I don't see any big reason to change manufacturer.”
Lorenzo has returned to fitness following a finger injury that caused him to miss the final three races of 2011, however he is now back to full strength and has described his pre-season preparations so far as 'perhaps the best of my career'.
“When I came back it wasn't so easy, but for me it was easier than expected as in the first two tests things went well and I was really close to the fastest lap times, so for me maybe it was the best pre-season of my MotoGP career,” he said.
“The injury doesn't effect my riding style as I can catch the clutch with my full hand. The 1000cc has more power and acceleration so you must put more energy into controlling the bike.
"Also the weight is higher, but on the other side for us it is easier to ride, especially in the acceleration because we have more torque and the bikes moves less.”
Former AMA and World Superbike champion Spies is enjoying the bigger engine capacity.