Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team continues Partnership with Abarth through to 2018

Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is delighted to announce the continuation of its strong relationship with Abarth. The Italian car manufacturer will be the Factory Yamaha Team‘s Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier for four years in a row.

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Doha (Qatar), 23rd March 2017
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is highly pleased to announce that Abarth will be the Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Yamaha Factory Racing team throughout the 2017 and 2018 FIM MotoGP World Championship season, extending their partnership to four consecutive years.

The renewed partnership underlines Abarth‘s and Yamaha‘s shared values ​​of sportsmanship and a desire to excel in motorsport and exceed one’s own limits.

Following the third and final official IRTA pre-season test in Qatar a little less than two weeks ago, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales are eager to start the upcoming racing season. Abarth‘s ‘scorpio’ logo will accompany them on the front hull of their Yamaha YZR-M1 throughout the thrilling 18-round challenge, from the first round in Losail (Qatar) on March 26th all the way through to the last Grand Prix in Valencia (Spain) on November 12th.

The two brands‘ striving for greatness in motorsports is further highlighted off the track by their collaboration on exciting cars such as the Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, with tuned engine power from 140 to 160hp and an unmistakable racing sound, and the even more powerful Abarth 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition that comes equipped with a 190hp engine and a special white and blue livery.

The joint effort between Yamaha and Abarth has also led to the creation of the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth. This lightweight, high-performance café racer design is the first motorbike born from the partnership between the brands and Yamaha‘s Faster Sons programme. Its dynamic grey livery with red trim, that reflects the Yamaha XSR style, also adorns the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha. This new limited numbered edition from the Scorpio Brand comes in a hatchback and a cabrio version, 695 units of each. The new special series also features an extensive use of carbon fibre components, including a carbon fibre front cowl, front fender and the seat cover of the motorcycle, which emphasises the affinity between the Yamaha XSR and the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha.

The car and the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth also share a lightweight Akrapovič exhaust system, a racing derived component that adds personality and sound, as well as performance. The defining signature for the ‘695‘ is the ‘XSR‘ logo on the tailgate.


The relationship between Abarth and Yamaha is deep and full of respect. Much like Yamaha, Abarth has a long history and an incredible heritage in racing and we are proud that we were able to create an overlap by building on our relationship, first with the Fiat Group, and later with the FCA Group, since 2007. The strong partnership has not only been expressed by the creation of the Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, the 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition and other collaborations between Yamaha and Abarth, but also on the track. Abarth has been featured on our YZR-M1 since 2015 and we are very happy that the partnership will continue for two more years. Their values of innovation, performance and passion for motorsport closely resemble ours at Yamaha and the powerful Scorpion logo on the front of our bike symbolizes how we intend to “attack” the new season as we fight for the MotoGP World Championship Title again this season.

We are proud that the partnership between Abarth and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is continuing. This key alliance for us has a meaning that goes beyond the common concepts of competitiveness and support. Abarth and Yamaha share many values in motorsports and have a common enthusiasm for sophisticated mechanics and excellence in quality. For Abarth and Yamaha, races are important to gain experience to be transferred to standard production. A team of dedicated and well-trained men and women who can solve problems quickly is needed to win. The successes of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP over the years confirm that this is the right team, also thanks to the riders: the multiple World Champion Valentino Rossi, who is as tough as ever, and his young teammate Maverick Viñales, from whom we expect a great racing season.

Founded in 1949 by the genius, passion and insight of the young Austrian driver, Karl Abarth, today Abarth S.p.A. is an independent company, dedicated mainly to the preparation and production of small sports cars.

Following in the footsteps of a tradition started by Abarth himself back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the models included in the company’s catalogue are based on specially prepared/enhanced production cars: both at a mechanical and engineering level (with changes designed to improve the car’s power output, trim, braking system and the electronic system) and at a stylistic level (bodywork, wheels, interior customization).

In addition to production cars, the company’s main focus is on the production of kits and accessories for high performance preparation, tuning cars for competitions, and also the production of fashion and lifestyle accessories in conjunction with well-known, prestigious bands.


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