LCR Honda has become the latest team to launch its 2011 MotoGP World Championship challenger less than two weeks before the season gets underway in Qatar.

Launched in the glamorous surroundings of Venice Casino, LCR took the wraps off the bike to once again reveal its distinctive Playboy-backed black and white livery.

Toni Elias, the first man to win the Moto2 World Championship, will front the one-rider team this season, the Spaniard embarking on his sixth season in the top flight.

"I flew here from Barcelona with my mum and my dad and we were all surprised because the party was unique! Venice is a wonderful city and the event was incredible. I could feel the affection of the Team guests and I was very happy because I met them for the first time.

"I must thank Lucio and the team staff for their efforts because this party was a real success. On the stage I joked with Lucio about our past challenges when he was a 125cc rider and now he is my Boss!

"We are leaving for Qatar in a couple of days and I hope to return all this trust to Lucio, his Team and all the fans. It won't be easy but I am very stubborn (Lucio knows my temper!) and the premier class already gave me several successes that's why I am very confident."

The final pre-season test at Losail will take place on 13th and 14th of March, ahead of the opening round at the same circuit a week later.