Today (20th March), the 2011 MotoGP season opens with the exciting night race in Qatar, Doha and Iveco will be present on the starting grid.

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Yes, Tachoblog knows that this is a picture from last yearValentino Rossi (No 46) no longer rides for Yamaha but Ducati.  But as there haven’t been any races yet how could we get a shot from this year?

Anyway, back to Iveco…For the second year running, Iveco will be the commercial vehicle supplier to the MotoGP, the most important championship in the world of motorcycle racing, with over 60 years of history, broadcast in 207 countries and followed by a TV audience averaging 28 million for each race.

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Thanks to the agreement established last season with Dorna Sports, the Iveco brand will again be present and visible at many circuits. In addition, as for the past two seasons, the company will be title sponsor of the Australian race at Phillip Island, billed as ‘The Iveco Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2011′ and will see the entire circuit branded Iveco.

Also this year Iveco will be behind the transportation of the entire MotoGP logistical support infrastructure – utilising a fleet of 15 Stralis tractor units and a mix of four ECODAILY van and Combi nine-seat vehicles, delivering fittings, equipment and personnel along the route that unites the 18 races of the World Championship.

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The partnership continues between Iveco and Team Yamaha with the reigning World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, and Ben Spies (that’s him above), considered to be the most promising newcomer of 2010. The association between the two companies has led to excellent results with the conquest by Yamaha of the ‘Triple Crown’ for the third consecutive year and of all three world championship titles (Driver, Team and Constructor).

Team Yamaha will use its own fleet of seven Stralis and 2 ECODAILY vehicles for transporting the team and the bikes with all the associated materials, to and from each circuit, along with offices and mobile workshops. For the first time, Iveco branding will appear on the racing bikes too.

Don’t know about you, but Tachoblog can’t wait for the racing to start!