42 years and six MotoGP titles. Valentino Rossi has been one of the great protagonists of the premier class of the Motorcycle World Championship since 2002 . Almost two decades in which Rossi has raced for Honda, Yamaha in two different stages and Ducati. Eighteen seasons in which he has worn a multitude of different colors due to the influence of the sponsors, although under the constant unwavering of being in the official structure of each of the manufacturers that he has defended on the track.
Perhaps a matter of the ‘new normal’, Valentino Rossi will live his first season with a satellite team in 2021 after exchanging positions with Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman is Maverick Viñales’ new partner in the official Yamaha structure, while ‘Il Doctore’ will compete with the Petronas SRT Yamaha team . It will do so with factory support, with the same material as the official team riders, but with the colors of a structure that is celebrating its third year in MotoGP.
Faced with this new scenario, unprecedented for a rider of Rossi’s stature and talent, the virtual presentation of the SRT Petronas Yamaha team has aroused great anticipation . A premiere that has allowed Valentino Rossi to be seen in his new war colors, which are used by the team sponsored by the Malaysian company Petronas. Colors that are not too far from what was seen in the previous two seasons, but that represent a real revolution when they cover the body of the eternal # 46 .
In fact, Rossi faces his first campaign with the Petronas SRT Yamaha with the same enthusiasm to win races , achieve podiums and achieve a good result at the end of the season. For this purpose, it will have the Yamaha YZR-M1 with factory specifications, identical to the one used by Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo. A virtue from which his teammate Franco Morbidelli will not benefit , since the rider from Rome will compete with a Yamaha YZR-M1 A-Spec Plus , that is, with one of the latest specifications for 2020.
During the virtual presentation of the Petronas SRT Yamaha, ‘Il Doctore’ made it clear that his ambition remains intact, despite not competing under the umbrella of an official team: “ I am very proud to be part of the Petronas SRT Yamaha team . This season is a new challenge for me. They are a very young team, but in the last two years they have made it clear that they can be really competitive. My goal for 2021 is to be competitive, fight to win races and podiums and also fight for a good position at the end of the season .
Finally, Rossi added as a nod to his new team and their colors: “ We are all focused on our goals . We want to do our best. I am happy to see my new bike. I really like the colors of its design, the jumpsuit and the helmet. It looks impressive . And the # 46 is right, especially if with this Yamaha YZR-M1 in turquoise and black colors he returns to the path of triumph.