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Yamaha unveils 2014 YZR-M1 in Indonesia

Yamaha Factory Racing stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi kicked off the new MotoGP season by unveiling the 2014 Yamaha YZR-M1, live, in front of nearly 4,000 members of the Yamaha family at the 3S Dealer meeting in Indonesia last week.

The two-day visit saw both riders engage in a number of activities for their first official outing of 2014. Lorenzo met with a number of local media before heading off to take part in a soccer game with a team of Lorenzo fans and members of the Yamaha community.

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During the second day, Lorenzo and Rossi went together to meet Mr. Joko Widodo, the current Governor of Jakarta. The threesome spent some time cycling and chatting together before the riders moved on to join the thousands of Yamaha dealers gathered to witness the unveiling of the 2014 YZR-M1 that marked the start of the 3S Dealer Meeting.

Lorenzo and Rossi wrapped up the day by recording a local TV show and shooting a Yamaha TV commercial before heading to the airport and saying goodbye to Indonesia once again.

“It’s always nice to come into a sunny country with happy people, especially Indonesia, a country that gets crazy about MotoGP. Both Vale and myself have a lot of fans. Everyone recognizes us in the street and gives us a lot of love so it’s a good place to promote Yamaha,” Lorenzo said.

“Every year this Asian market gets more and more important so our visits here increase. This time we decided to do the launch here, in front of thousands of Yamaha people.”

I like the new bike a lot, it’s very smart and elegant with more white. It’s not just the color though; I’m excited to see what’s inside the bike in Sepang!

My expectations for this season are very high. Our rivals will be tough but I think if we’ve improved in some areas then we have a good chance to win the title again

When you are fast and winning races all the big factories want you, this is normal. I have to clarify that there is no truth in the rumors that there is a contract with another manufacturer and I would like to start negotiating as soon as possible for my future with Yamaha. My dream is to retire after my career as a Yamaha rider. If our bike is even better this year then it will be easier!”

Rossi, for his part said, “It’s always great to come to Indonesia. The Indonesians are the best fans in the world, with a lot of passion for MotoGP and the Yamaha Factory Team, even though they have no races in their country. Yamaha Indonesia plays a big role in Yamaha’s global business and I truly hope that Jorge’s and my presence here gives a further boost to their local business. This morning I had the pleasure and the honour to spend some time with Mr. Joko Widodo, Governor of Jakarta, and I could not have expected any better welcome to my arrival in Indonesia.”

“This season is very important for me and the fact that we officially start the season here in Jakarta makes it even more special. 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,” Rossi added.