Monday, March 1, will see nine-time champion Valentino Rossi officially unveiled as a Petronas Yamaha MotoGP rider, alongside countryman and VR46 protegee Franco Morbidelli.

Ahead of the event, which will also feature the official presentation of the latest Petronas Moto2 and Moto3 line-up, the Sepang team has released the following teaser video:

Rossi hasn’t changed team since returning to the Factory Yamaha squad from Ducati in 2013. The last time The Doctor rode for a satellite team was in 2001, the final year of the 500cc era, when he won his first premier-class title for Nastro Azzurro Honda.

But Morbidelli is the man on form, having finished title runner-up to Suzuki's Joan Mir and claimed three race wins in last year's world championship.

Nonetheless, the #21 will continue on the A-Spec Yamaha this season, while Rossi joins Monster Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo in using the Factory-Spec machine.

In Moto2, the Sepang team will field an unchanged rider line-up of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon on Kalex machinery, while in Moto3 the team's race winner John McPhee is joined by new team-mate Darryn Binder.

The Petronas Sepang Racing launch, which starts at 10:30am CET on Monday, will be broadcast live on the Malaysian team's official YouTube and Facebook pages.

Rossi, 42, will make his track debut in Petronas Yamaha colours during the start of the Official Qatar test on March 6, with his first race appearance for the team scheduled for the same Losail circuit on March 28.

 

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar (Evening race)

Losail

2

4 April

Doha (Evening race)

Losail

3

18 April

Portugal

Portimao

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

27 June

Netherlands

Assen

10

11 July

Finland (Subject to homologation)

KymiRing

11

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

12

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

15

3 October

Japan

Motegi

16

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

17

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

19

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

Postponed Grands Prix:
 11 AprilArgentinaTermas
 18 AprilAmericasCOTA
Reserve Grand Prix Venues:
  Indonesia (Subject to homologation)Mandalika
  RussiaIgora Drive
2021 Pre-season Testing:
 5 MarchQatar Shakedown TestLosail
 6-7 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 10-12 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 

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