Valentino Rossi kicked off a crucial year by joining team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in unveiling the 2014 Yamaha MotoGP livery in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday.

Like all of the factory riders, barring Cal Crutchlow, the Italian superstar is out of contract at the end of this season.

A winner of seven MotoGP titles and a record 80 races, the soon to be 35-year-old has said he will decide whether to continue in grand prix after the opening six events.

Rossi returned to Yamaha from Ducati last season, claiming his first race win since 2010 on the way to fourth in the championship. However Lorenzo, world champion Marc Marquez and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa were often out of reach.

Rossi has changed crew chief for the first time since joining the premier-class in 2000 - from Jerry Burgess to Silvano Galbusera - as he seeks to get on terms with the leading trio.

"This season is very important for me and the fact that we officially start the season here in Jakarta makes it even more special," said Rossi. "I can't remember any previous unveiling by Yamaha made outside Europe, so today's event was special for several reasons.

"Yamaha deliberately decided to offer the Indonesian dealers the chance to host the unveiling of the 2014 M1 during their big annual meeting here in Jakarta and this is another sign of the increasing importance of the SE Asian market for the global business. I truly hope to be able to race here again, very soon, before it's too late!

"We unveiled the new livery for 2014 today; it's very nice, very elegant and has more white than last year. It's still very much in the Yamaha Factory style and I like it a lot.

"The expectations for the coming season are very high. My target is to try and do better than last year, be more competitive and fight for the podium every weekend. I am sure our bike will be very competitive again.

"It was already very good last year and Yamaha engineers were able to develop it further through the season therefore I expect a lot from my new M1 and I am sure it will get even better during the season."

Rossi will join his 2014 rivals on track for the first pre-season test at Sepang in Malaysia next month.