Thursday, February 04, 2010

2010 Valentino Rossi unveiled in Sepang, Malaysia

Valentino Rossi2010 Yamaha YZR-M1
Will Rossi win his 8th MotoGP world championship this year? We certainly hope he will...

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-M12010 Yamaha YZR-M1

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
Weight: 150kg

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.


Mark R said...

you forgot to mention the 2010 ben spies who's gonna kick the 2010 rossi's arse. lorenzo and stoner may be strong but spies will be in another league. and as for rossi, he should start racing cars, he's too old for bikes now! ;-D

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Valentino Rossi but 2010 is going to be his toughest year, no doubt about that. The younger guys are getting closer every year. That said, Rossi will win a few races and will still be in the hunt for top three. BUt the championship, that will go to either Stoner or Lorenzo... :(

Anonymous said...

Ladies, why are we forgetting Dani Pedrosa?

Jason said...

Mark, with talent like Lorenzo and Stoner and Rossi, you still think Ben Spies will kick ass in MotoGP?? :-D Rossi will eat Spies for lunch and spit him out without even thinking twice. Wait and watch.

gideon said...

Waaa... that nice "Semakin Di Depan"

i am from Indonesia and thats the Yamaha slogan in Indonesia.

"Semakin di Depan" = "More in Forward" - [poor translation :(...sorry ] i means the slogan want to say if Yamaha getting better / much more leading/better than others

Anonymous said...

I think it is funny how people are always quick to dismiss Rossi and appoint a new champion. Rossi is an icon and capable of beating anyone if provided with at least a close or comparable bike to the others. Having said that, Lorenzo will be the biggest threat to his throne and Spies (as much as I like him) has no chance of even placing in the top five in the final standings..... never ever count Rossi out.
He is not only a great rider, but a much needed presence in our sport with the current crisis we are experiencing.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the last comment. NEVER dismiss Rossi, and always remember what he does for the sport that none of the current others can do.

@ Gideon, thanks for the explanation, that Semaking Di Depan has been bugging me. Now I know what it is all about!

Anonymous said...

anyone noticed last SEPANG training results..?

R O S S I # 1 (both days..)

and then the others...

and all comes down who has most points in the end, but the GOAT (greatest of all time) has made a good season start.

a true Rossi fan (obviously)

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