Thursday, January 29th 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

With the 2015 MotoGP season set to kick off in Malaysia on February 4, 2015, teams are already gearing up to take the fight to the Repsol Honda team and two-time defending champion Marc Marquez. One team that has set its sights on toppling the incumbents is Movistar Yamaha. Recently, the team officially launched its intention to return to the top of the mountain by revealing the new livery for the Yamaha YZR-M1.

The unveiling is important for a number of reasons. For one, Movistar Yamaha was pretty much the only team that challenged Honda last season. Its riders, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, finished second and third in the overall standings. Don’t think for one second that they’re entering the new season with the plan of sitting back and letting Marquez win his third straight MotoGP title.

As far as the livery itself is concerned, Movistar Yamaha opted to carry over a lot of the design details from last year’s M1 bike. The paint scheme is largely similar to last year’s model and the presence of the team’s sponsors continue to take up ample real estate space throughout the machine, specifically title sponsor Movistar, whose logo now appears larger and more prominent on the bike’s fairing. The similar “M” logo belonging to fellow sponsor Monster Energy still gets the same space just below the Movistar logo while new sponsors, including Abarth, Descentet, and Cromax, now have their logos represented in the new YZR-M1.

Rossi and Lorenzo’s respective YZR-M1 machines look about as ready to compete as any bike that has been unveiled ahead of the 2015 MotoGP season. Only time will tell if Movistar Yamaha has the thoroughbred to challenge Honda and Marquez this season. But at the very least, the team does have a bike that’s going to pop out on TV.

Click past the jump to read about Movistar Yamaha’s chances ahead of the 2015 MotoGP season.

Movistar Yamaha Reveals Team Livery On YZR-M1 Ahead of 2015 MotoGP Season originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:00 EST.

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