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Yamaha Motor Racing or Yamaha Factory Racing is the official Italian-Japanese factory team of Yamaha in MotoGP.
Yamaha Factory Racing is Yamaha’s wholly-owned full-Factory Team in MotoGP. The team was founded in 1999 following the retirement of Wayne Rainey, who had run a Factory-supported team in the 500cc class for the previous two years. A new company – Yamaha Motor Racing B.V. – was set up in the Netherlands to manage all but the technical side of Yamaha’s international racing activities and to run the team.
In 2005 Yamaha Motor Racing as a company completed the move from the Netherlands in order to create a single Yamaha MotoGP European operation in Italy (Yamaha Motor Racing Srl), strengthening and centralising the management of the team and all MotoGP operations.
Although responsibility for the technical aspects of MotoGP remains predominantly at Yamaha’s MotoGP Group in Japan, a number of Japanese engineering staff complete the European MotoGP set-up. The team is based in Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), close to Monza. The facility was rebuilt during 2008 and a new state-of-the-art facility was opened, giving the team a superb new headquarters with all technical, logistical, managerial and communications departments under one roof.
At the beginning of 2014, telecoms giant Telefónica Spain announced a new title sponsorship for the Yamaha team, using their well-known Movistar brand. The two parties signed for a five-year partnership, something previously unheard of in MotoGP.
As of 2018, Kouichi Tsuji becomes President of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, while Lin Jarvis is Managing Director, a position he has held since the start of the company in 2005. The experienced Italian former rider Massimo Meregalli continues as Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director, a position he has held since 2011.