Petronas SRT have unveiled their 2021 Yamaha YZR-M1 today, with fresh-face Valentino Rossi showing off his new colours with the team.
The Malaysian team pulled the covers off of their 2021 challenger in an online presentation, with the design looking relatively the same to its predecessors.
Entering their third year as a MotoGP team, Sepang Racing Team retain Franco Morbidelli, and nine-time champion Rossi joins the team after leaving the factory Yamaha squad.
Former SRT rider Fabio Quartararo has left the team for 2021, trading places with Rossi to join Yamaha’s factory team.
After a strong 2020 season, finishing second in the Teams’ Championship, the satellite Yamaha team will be looking to build on their success in 2021.
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Petronas SRT Team Principal Razlan Razali says that the team remains mindful they can still improve this year, with the expectation of a tough battle with other teams.
“The team has enjoyed an incredible trajectory since entering the sport and we are thankful to Petronas and Yamaha for enabling this through their strong support and shared philosophy and aspirations,” he said in a press release.
“2020 was an incredible year for us, but we are mindful that there are always areas where we can improve.
“We expect another tough fight on track over the season ahead and we will be pushing at every step to support Franco and Valentino and ensure they have all the tools at their disposal.”
After an eight-year stint with Yamaha’s factory team, Rossi moves to SRT with a wealth of experience which will no doubt help the team in their efforts of remaining at the front.
The 42-year-old hopes he can fight at the front this year, for podiums and victories.
“My targets for 2021 is to be competitive, fight to win races, fight to achieve podiums and also fight for a good position in the World Championship standings at the end of the season,” he said.
“We are all very focused on our targets to make the best we can.”