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Motogp : Camel Yamaha launch in Milan.

The Camel Yamaha Team officially launched its 2006 MotoGP title defence today in Milan, when five-times champion Valentino Rossi and Texan team-mate Colin Edwards unveiled the full M1 livery for the first time.

An action packed ceremony began with six dancers being lowered - and then suspended - from the ceiling, all to the sound of rock music, before two on stage dancers suddenly pulled the covers off the YZR-M1s present to reveal a race livery similar - but not identical - to that used during pre-season testing.

The main difference is that a 'retro' white number plate background now surrounds the '46' and '5' on the front of each bike, while slight graphical changes are also visible on the sides.

Rossi, Edwards and high ranking members of Yamaha and Camel then took to the stage and spoke about their hopes for the upcoming season.

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"The bike looks wonderful," said Rossi of the machine. "The white numberplate reminds me of the 1970s." "I had the number 5 like this when we went 'old school' at Laguna, but (the bike) looks really good with Camel all over it," added Edwards, who celebrated his 32nd birthday today.

However, the most important changes have been made under the M1's skin: "We're still using the same concepts that we've had for the M1 since 2004 - a sweet engine and agile chassis - but now it's more sophisticated," said Yamaha technical director Masao Furusawa. "We've mainly been working on getting more RPM and an even more agile chassis for this year."

"Every year we changed or modified something within the team, but last year was the year we got everything right: We had all the right people in all the right places at the right time," reflected Yamaha racing director Lin Jarvis. "We were very sucesful to bring home three titles last year and so having Valentino, Colin and all of our team stay together for 2006 is just perfect."

Rossi and Edwards both stated that they are happy with the performance of the new M1 during testing - Edwards even saying it's ready to race now - and are sure that it is further ahead than the 2005 bike at this stage of the year, but Vale confirmed that chatter remains an issue.

"We still have a few lingering problems with vibration," said the Italian. "I think it is mainly from the tyres and are working hard with Michelin to fix this before the first race." Later, Rossi was asked if the vibrations could in fact be caused by the 'Camel humps' painted on the side of his bike? "We have talked about this," smiled The Doctor, "maybe we should ride with a different fairing and see!"

Meanwhile, Rossi faced several questions regarding his MotoGP future and his Ferrari F1 tests - as usual he gave little away as to his intentions, but did state firmly that there was no deadline for when he needs to make a decision about 2007.

Jarvis had earlier explained that Yamaha were happy for Rossi to do F1 tests because he is "one of the world's greatest sportsmen and, like all great sportsmen, he will always look for a more extreme challenge" but also declared that Yamaha would do all they could to keep him in MotoGP next year.

More reaction from the Camel Yamaha launch will appear on Crash.net throughout this week...
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 10:29 AM
 
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I'm so glad that it's what's on the inside that counts because the colour scheme of the livery, particulary on Valentino's bike, is non-non, non-non heinous dudes.
It's not the colours themselves, it's the absolute lack of colour coordination that makes it fug. I prefer the pre-launch version to this.

Edited to add:
One of the girls in the background is wearing a costume in a reversed colour scheme, I think that scheme would have been a better choice and also distanced Camel Yamaha from the previous team that had Camel as their main sponsor.

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Doesn't look as good as the old scheme, but it will be easy to spot them on the track
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i just wish somebody would take some decent profile shots of the bike :storm

been trying everywhere to get some decent pics

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damn...those plates are pretty damn ugly. i'm glad vale likes 'em, cause i sure don't.

i don't see how anyone can say this bike looks better than the galouises blue bikes.

ffwf.....great idea. overall blue with yellow trim would have looked awesome.


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I agree they don't look to good, but I'm sure they will grow on us.



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who cares about the bikes, lets get some pics of the girls to the left, the blonde and brunett. They look sexxxxxxyyyyy
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who cares about the bikes, lets get some pics of the girls to the left, the blonde and brunett. They look sexxxxxxyyyyy

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Yamaha Press release ..

Milan, Italy, 28/2/2006

CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM UNVEILS FINAL LIVERY WITH SPECTACULAR SHOW IN ITALY

With exactly one month to go before the first race of the new MotoGP season, the
Camel Yamaha Team today celebrated the start of its 2006 campaign with a Team
Presentation in Milan, in front of 300 guests and international media. World
Champion Valentino Rossi and his American team-mate Colin Edwards, who was
celebrating his 32nd birthday today, were joined on stage by VIP guests from
Yamaha and Japan Tobacco International, as well as Italian TV presenter Marco
Mazzocchi, who compered the presentation.

The bikes were uncovered by the Festi group of acrobats, who descended from the
roof to reveal the M1s of Rossi and Edwards in their final 2006 livery.
Mazzocchi then welcomed Masao Furusawa, Executive Officer for Engineering
Operations at Yamaha Motor Company and Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha
Motor Racing Srl, onto the stage.
"Even though the basic M1 concept for 2006 is the same", commented Furusawa,
"this is a more sophisticated bike, especially with the increasing RPM of the
engine. It is very important for the progression of the bike to keep Valentino
and Colin together, as they are not just riders for us, but a key part of the
development of the M1."

"Last year we got everything right with this team," added Jarvis. "The rider
combination, the bike and every other element. Now our goal with our new title
sponsor Camel is to achieve all this once again and win the championship."

Roberto Zanni, European Regional President for Japan Tobacco International,
spoke about the exciting new partnership between Camel and Yamaha. "The feeling
has been very good with Yamaha right from the beginning. Everything is very
professional but also very friendly, it's a good atmosphere. I expect that the
passion this year within this team will be very great and with two riders as
successful as Valentino and Colin, we can expect great things."

Davide Brivio, the Team Director for the Yamaha Factory Team for the fifth year
running, then took to the stage to talk about his goals for the season. "I think
that everybody will really like the new livery, and especially the riders'
numbers on the white squares. We needed to come up with something original for
the livery without moving away from the Camel yellow, which we all really like,
and now I think this final livery is going to look really spectacular on track.
For the season, we're ready! We've done some important and successful tests, and
now we will just make the most of the six remaining days of testing before the
first race to make some final improvements to the new M1."

The audience was then treated to a spectacular video of the team and riders,
before Rossi and Edwards mounted the stage together for their part in the day.
"This new bike is really beautiful!" exclaimed Rossi, who this season aims to
win a sixth consecutive World Championship title. "It's exciting to be starting
another season with Yamaha; these last two seasons together with them have
probably been the best of my career. It's also nice to be with Colin again,
we're very close in our team. The new M1 is already very good and we've been
working very closely to develop it with Yamaha. Yamaha has done a very good job.
This year I have many new young adversaries who will be challenging me, and I
think there is going to be some spectacular racing!"

His team-mate Edwards, seeking to improve on his fourth-place in the
championship last year, said "I really like the new bike design, it looks really
great. I had the retro-style number five like this on the bike at Laguna Seca
last year and I've used it again for this year. The new bike in general has been
fantastic throughout the winter tests, I'm really excited. Yamaha has done a
great job and everything about it feels better than last year. I honestly can't
wait to get back on board this week in Barcelona, we have a few things to work
on still but we're in good shape. My promise for the year is to win at least a
few races and have a one-two for the Camel Yamaha Team at the end of the year!"

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I love the paint scheme but can't stand the white number plates?????????????
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who cares about the bikes, lets get some pics of the girls to the left, the blonde and brunett. They look sexxxxxxyyyyy
Here is the blond with alittle camel toe action.

Ok it does not show her face, but would you be looking at her face
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via Yamaha Press

s'ok i'm a memeber there so there not nicked :laugh

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