This is the official press release of an... unofficial press office. Let's say that the press office of Alessandro Botturi is, for this occasion, the plebiscite of his supporters. So here we are, therefore, at the forefront.
Alessandro Botturi is, from Monday, September 15, 2014, the new Factory Rider of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamalube for the 2015 Dakar. The agreement has been signed in Paris, in the offices of Yamaha Motor France, in the presence of the General Manager Eric De Synes and of Alexandre Kowalski, Marketing and Communications Director. The "negotiations" started at the end of the Sardinia Rally Race, when Alessandro Botturi has risen to the top step of the podium in a Cross-Country Rally World Cup date.
Botturi and Yamaha Racing signed a one-year collaboration agreement with effect from September 15, with a program the core of which is the participation in the Dakar 2015 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile. A projection of the program on the World 2015 is yet to be defined.
Botturi will participate in the entire planning of pre-Dakar tests of his new Team, including the OiLibya Rallye du Maroc NPO, scheduled for October 3 to 9, and the subsequent Merzouga Rally.
Alessandro Botturi will ride the brand new Yamaha WR450F Rally. The bike has been completed and will make his first appearance at the OiLibya Rally of Morocco. It is a completely new bike, which condenses the brand's success story and introduces all the latest technological experiences of the Japanese Factory, and is specifically designed for the Great Rally. The adaptation to the new regulatory solutions imposed engineers to prepare a Yamaha Factory Moto extremely compact and lightweight, with a new generation engine designed for maximum reliability even in the presence of large values of power and torque.