The two companies signed a five-year partnership agreement in the premier class of road racing in 2014, underlined with Movistar becoming the team's title sponsor. In the past four years, Yamaha and Telefónica Spain's shared values and passion for innovation laid the groundwork for success, resulting in a MotoGP Triple Crown in 2015 and the MotoGP Team's Title in 2016.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso stole the Japanese Grand Prix from Marc Marquez at Honda's home circuit on Sunday, cutting the Spanish rider's championship lead to just 11 points.
Dovizioso took the race lead from Marquez for the first time with six laps to go at a wet Motegi Twin Ring, and the Italian rider was able to come out on top of a wild back-and-forth battle with a final-lap move, leading the reigning world champion home by 0.249 seconds.
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Jonas Folger will sit out the Japanese Grand Prix and return immediately to his native Germany for medical checks. The Clinica Mobile medical staff examined Folger today and recommended that he undertake further tests in Munich, with his participation in the next two rounds being doubtful. The entire team would like to wish Jonas a swift and full recovery.
The boss of Dorna, the commercial rights holder of MotoGP, Carmelo Ezpeleta, says that an all-electric motorcycle racing series could launch as soon as 2019.
Electric has cemented itself on the world stage with the Formula E Championship but apart from electric classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Isle of Man TT, two-wheel, electric racing has yet to kick off.