It’s a pretty thing. Verrrry pretty thing.

This season’s brand-new premier class team launched its MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 machines in Kuala Lumpur. And the bike’s scheme is just… gorgeous…

For its maiden MotoGP campaign, Petronas Yamaha SRT is running 2018 Rookie of the Year Franco Morbidelli and 2019 rookie Fabio Quartararo. Both are up for the job, as you can imagine…

“I feel we are taking part in a great thing,” said Morbidelli at the launch today. “Petronas and SIC are doing a great thing too, so I’m very pleased. I hope we can get good results and make Petronas people happy.

“For sure I will try,” continued the Italian, when asked if he can continue his impressive start to life as a Yamaha rider in preseason testing.


“We started well, and we have been working well from the beginning. This is a good start, but I don’t know. I will try to be the best rider I can, and I will see. I can say that I have to thank everybody from Petronas for giving me this opportunity. I feel, again, that we’re doing a great thing. We’ll do the maximum to make you proud.”

Quartararo added: “For sure the first day in Valencia was incredible – the power of bike and brakes, the electronics, it’s a big change from Moto2. We know we have a lot to learn from this test to be ready for the season.

“I feel good. For sure I’m the youngest but I don’t need to think about age. We need to think about the results of the bike and make good results. Honestly, I’ve not seen the bike. I’ve seen pictures. it looks incredible. I can’t wait to see the bike unveiled.”


Joining the two MotoGP stars on stage to unveil their 2019 liveries were the Moto2 and Moto3 Petronas Sprinta Racing riders: Khariul Idham Pawi, Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee. 

Next on the agenda for Morbidelli and Quartararo is the Sepang Test on the 6th, 7th and 8th February. 


Tony Carter

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