Ask any follower of MotoGP or for that matter, any motorsports fan, who they think is the top rider out there and Valentino Rossi will head any list. Having nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name, seven in the Premier class, he is considered to be the greatest and most successful motorcycle rider of all time. Rossi, or il dottore (his racing nickname), has won the World Championship in all categories he has entered, 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP. He is first in all-time 500cc/MotoGP race wins – 88 victories and in overall race wins (114), he is second only behind the legendary Giacomo Agostini, a fellow Italian.
Through his illustrious career starting in 1996, Rossi has been the lead rider in every team that he has raced for – Aprilia (125cc/250cc class), Honda (500cc/MotoGP class), Ducati and Yamaha (both MotoGP class). His contributions to the teams’ technical and race directors have been instrumental in the development of race bikes with outstanding performance.
In fact, Valentino Rossi has played a vital role in developing the YZR-M1 and their story is one of the most famous tales in the world of motorsports. The Doctor first tested the YZR-M1 in 2004 and tried multiple engine prototypes before choosing one that he labeled a “sweet” engine. The combination of man and machine reached epic heights when they went on to win at Welkom (South Africa) that same season. Four MotoGP championships in nine seasons racing with it, and still running!
The Yamaha YZR-M1 is powered by a liquid cooled 1000cc, in-line 4-cylinder, 4-stroke with 16-valve DOHC engine with cross-plane crankshaft. Transmission is via a six-speed gearbox with alternative gear ratios available. The bike is capable of producing 245hp for a top speed of around 340km/h.
Now you can own part of this legend with Maisto’s Yamaha YZR-M1
This 1:10 Yamaha YZR-M1 (Valentino Rossi, # 46, MotoGP 2016) diecast model from Maisto has working steering, wheels and stand. Measuring approx. 20cm long it is very highly detailed and features high quality paintwork with authentic, precise decals of Rossi’s race livery.
A truly great model of The Doctor’s 2016 season bike. And one that is a must for any MotoGP race fan.