Rossi's London Show Bikes: 1999 RSW250 APRILIA
For the first time ever, eight of Valentino Rossi’s most successful and priceless race bikes will be brought together in a special one-off tribute to the G.O.A.T
Over the next few days, we'll be going into detail on the bikes that will make their exclusive appearance at the London Motorcycle Show in February.
#2 - VALENTINO ROSSI’S 1999 RSW250 APRILIA
Valentino Rossi was not only catching the imagination of fans around the world with his explosive performances on track, but his extrovert and flamboyant personality was also beginning to mark him out as the new poster boy for MotoGP.
He had a different haircut at almost every race, concocted hilarious post race celebrations and was famous for one-off liveries and helmet paintjobs.
Rossi’s famous ‘Peace and Love’ livery on his RSW250 Aprilia was actually the first time he used a special paintscheme and helmet for his home race in Mugello and he celebrated what has become an annual tradition in style with victory over Ralf Waldmann and Tohru Ukawa.
His success in Mugello was one of nine victories Rossi claimed in 1999 and he went onto capture his second world title by a comfortable 48-points over Japanese rival Ukawa, who he would later be teammates with at Repsol Honda in MotoGP.
He wrapped up the world title with victory over Ukawa and Loris Capirossi in the penultimate round of the season at the Jacarepagua circuit in Brazil on October 24, 1999.
Tomorrow, we herald the dawn of the modern four-stroke era with his 2002 RC211V REPSOL HONDA