Rossi's London Show Bikes: 2004 G0 Yamaha YZR-M1
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.
#4 – VALENTINO ROSSI’S 2004 G0 Yamaha YZR-M1
Valentino Rossi achieved legendary status in 2004 when he single-handedly dragged Yamaha out of the doldrums to win the title on the factory YZR-M1.
In 2003, Yamaha had been outclassed by Rossi at Honda and scored just one podium.
With Rossi on board and respected boss Masao Furusawa revamping the Japanese factory’s entire race department to galvanise Yamaha, he won in unforgettable fashion on his debut at Welkom in South Africa.
That achievement after an epic tussle with sworn enemy Max Biaggi made Rossi the first rider in history to take back-to-back victories riding machines for two different manufacturers.
Although still regarded as an inferior package to the Honda he’d vacated, Rossi still won nine races on the YZR-M1 and when he won at Australia’s majestic Phillip Island track, he became only the second rider ever to win back-to-back premier class titles on different machinery. The only other rider to do so was American legend Eddie Lawson.
Tomorrow, the return of the yellow, black and white speed block for Yamaha’s 50th anniversary YRR-M1 990cc in 2005