Thursday, February 04, 2010
2010 Valentino Rossi unveiled in Sepang, Malaysia
The Fiat Yamaha MotoGP Team today unveiled the 2010-spec version of seven-time MotoGP world champion, Valentino Rossi, at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Rossi’s bike, the 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1 was also displayed alongside the rider.
‘On the 16th of February, I will be 31. I will be a little older [but] I always try to be at the top of my shape, improving and trying to adapt to the new bike. You always need to adapt yourself to the new bike, to the new regulation. If you think you are at the top of your performance, it is a big problem! Every season has its own story, it is more and more difficult and you always have to be faster. I will try again, as usual,’ said Rossi.
‘It is very difficult to say now who will be the hardest rival this year. I think all of them are on the same level, it is difficult to beat any of them. They are very strong riders, they can be fast on every track and condition and through the entire season and they are all capable of winning the championship. The 2010 bikes will make the difference, but I think all three riders [Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa] will be the more difficult to be beaten,’ said The Doctor, speaking about his rivals.
‘In order to improve the 2010 M1, we have decided to focus on two aspects. Our aim is to develop a more stable bike, with more grip. The second direction, which is the most important, is the engine. We need more horsepower, despite the new rule that limits the number of engines through the season. We need more power and longer life of the engine. This will not be easy for Yamaha, but I know that they have been working very hard on this,’ said Rossi, speaking about the 2010 Yamaha MotoGP racebike.
2010 Yamaha YZR-M1: Tech Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled crossplane crankshaft 800cc inline-four
Power: More than 200bhp
Top speed: Above 320km/h
Gearbox: Six-speed cassette-type, with alternative gear ratios
Chassis: Aluminium twin tube delta box, multi-adjustable steering geometry / wheelbase / ride height, aluminium swingarm
Supension: Ohlins USD forks and Ohlins rear shock, all
adjustable for pre-load, high and low-speed compression and rebound damping
Wheels: Marchesini 16.5-inch
Tyres: Bridgestone, 16.5-inch, available as slick, intermediate, wet and hand-cut
Brakes: Brembo, twin 320mm carbon front discs, two four-piston callipers, single 220mm stainless steel rear disc, twin-piston calliper
Note: The new Jorge Lorenzo, with minor revisions for 2010, was also unveiled at Sepang. Changes may include mildly reduced cockiness and arrogance, and slightly enhanced maturity.