Breaking cover for 2017, Yamaha have officially launched their EnduroGP team for the coming season.
Doing it in style, Yamaha gathered the international racing media for the Official Race Teams Press Conference on 7th February at the headquarters of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team in Gerno di Lesmo, Italy.
Hosted for the third year running by MotoGP Championship commentator Gavin Emmett, the event saw an impressive 15 teams and 41 riders and their team managers unveil their 2017 liveries and Yamaha machinery to the gathered press and partners.
Prior to the teams unveiling, Yamaha Motor Europe N.V’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Eric de Seynes took a moment to share his insights on not just the 2017 line up, but also on Yamaha’s racing strategy and a sales review of Off-Road and Supersport market segments
Restoring Yamaha’s status as a key player in the FIM Enduro World Championship during 2016, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team are Yamaha’s official representatives in both the EnduroGP and Enduro 2 classes of the 2017 series.
Wrapping up their debut season of EWC competition with two class victories and an impressive total of nine podium results, the team has formed a solid rider line-up for 2017 with France’s Loïc Larrieu and Manxman Jamie McCanney set to battle for top honours in their respective EnduroGP and Enduro 2 classes.
For a second consecutive season the Outsiders Yamaha Racing Official Enduro Team is managed by Marc Bourgeois – a former international enduro racer with a long and successful association with Yamaha.
Starting in 2005 Marc enjoyed a solid career collecting a total of 15 podium finishes in the Enduro World Championship. For 2016 he was appointed as Team Manager of Yamaha’s Official Enduro team. Remaining in charge of Outsiders the Yamaha Official Enduro Team, the highly-experienced Frenchman continues to offer his knowledge to benefit the team’s two riders.
Relying on the vast experience of Technical Coordinator Yann Lozano — a GP mechanic who’s worked with some of the greatest names in the recent history of motocross — the team will attack the 2017 season with two Yamaha machines. Continuing the development of their WR450F for EnduroGP competition, they will also introduce their version of the WR250F racing machine – a project they’ve been working on since 2014.
Focused on youth rider development, the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team will be Yamaha’s official representative in the Enduro Junior category of the 2017 FIM Enduro World Championship.
Managed by former WEC competitor Joakim Johansson, the Swedish-based team will warmly welcoming the return of Mikael Persson who back in 2015 secured the FIM Youth Cup title aboard the team’s enduro modified YZ125 machine.
Fighting for the podium in the 125cc class in each and every round of the series during the past two years, the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team will be upping their game for the 2017 season, launching their assault in the Enduro Junior class with the latest version of the WR250F four-stroke machine.
With Persson as their sole rider for 2017, the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team’s goal will be to lead Yamaha and the WR250F to top honours in the under 23 class of the FIM Enduro World Championship.