Rossi's London Show Bikes: 2008 FIAT YAMAHA YZR-M1 800CC
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.
#6 - VALENTINO ROSSI’S 2008 FIAT YAMAHA YZR-M1 800CC
After a heart breaking final round defeat to Nicky Hayden in 2006 and Casey Stoner’s dominant romp to the ’07 crown on Ducati’s Desmosedici, Valentino Rossi roared back to prominence with a record-breaking 2008.
Yamaha had switched to Bridgestone tyres for Rossi and after a low key fifth place in the opening round in Qatar, Rossi began turning on the style with three successive wins in Shanghai, Le Mans and Mugello.
That came after his second place in Jerez made him the first rider to score 100 podiums in the premier class and his victory in France was the 90th of his career and tied with Spanish legend Angel Nieto.
From China onwards, Rossi only missed the podium once and his victory at Laguna Seca will go down in racing folklore after he triumphed in a pulsating battle against Stoner, which included the famous pass at the Corkscrew.
And when he prevailed again at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 14, it was his 69th MotoGP win and finally broke Giacomo Agostini’s long-standing record of 68.
A sixth MotoGP title was secured when he claimed victory for the first time at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan on a track that was built and is owned by Honda.
Tomorrow, a 2009 FIAT YAMAHA YZR-M1 800cc machine that helped clinch Rossi's seventh MotoGP title.