Yamaha MotoGP stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi made their first appearance together as reunited teammates yesterday in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the duo set to spend two days together while attending a number of functions.
Yesterday the pair helped to launch the new logo for one of the factory team’s key sponsors, Semakin di Depan (Yamaha Motor Indonesia) at a morning press conference in Jakarta. Lorenzo and Rossi were joined by Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis to reveal the logo to the assembled international media. They then went on to spend the afternoon shooting a television commercial for Yamaha Motor Indonesia.
“I like the new Semakin Di Depan logo, I think it’s quite special and even better than the one before,” Lorenzo said. “I love coming here to Indonesia, the weather is spectacular and it’s very warm. The people are also very sweet and warm; it relaxes me to be in the country. I’m feeling very positive about the 2013 season, I think the arrival of Valentino is good and we have a very strong team now. I know he is a very talented rider. We will start trying the new bike in Sepang at the next test; I think we have a great chance to be World Champion again. It is going to be very difficult as always, it’s the toughest category. We are confident with our possibilities though and we are one of the favorites.”
Rossi also said all the right things.
“I am so proud to wear the new logo and am very happy to be back in the family,” Rossi said. “I cannot wait for another opportunity to ride the M1. I think the Yamaha Factory Team will be very strong this year with myself and Jorge. For me at this moment I have to be a little quiet and try to understand what my level is with the bike after the first test. My last Grand Prix victory was in 2010 so my first goal is to come back onto the podium as soon as possible, and to try to win a race.”