Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha R1-M replica up for auction
The Malaysian company has celebrated 46 years since its inception, and as if it were fate World Championship number 46 Valentino Rossi announced he would be racing in what we did not yet know to be his final year. to the championship, in the box Petronas. Sharing it during the first part of the season with Franco Morbidelli and the second with Andrea Dovizioso.
To celebrate such a special season, Yamaha Motor Europe presented a unique commemorative coin in the form of a motorcycle. It was a YZF-R1 replica of the Petronas MotoGP team’s YZR-M1, Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1, priced at 46,000 Euros. Moreover, it was a limited edition of only 46 copies. The goal was to come up with a machine that was as close to a MotoGP machine as possible, the end result was more than a street superbike.
The Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) GYTR Pro Shop was commissioned to carry out the work. The replica highlights include an FGRT 2 front fork, TTX rear spring and steering damper. They also opted for a quick release for the rear wheel, new adjustable footpegs and a quick release handle were installed, as well as the preparation of the R1 ECU.
Brembo took care of the braking with GP4-RX calipers and on the tire side: Michelin slicks. There are also the mythical MotoGP style wings and the decoration used by the Petronas team in the world championship. From now on, one of these 46 replicas will be offered for sale on the online auction platform Catawiki. The perfect opportunity for a fan of ‘Il Dottore’ to get a nice souvenir of his idol.
The machine for sale is unit number 13 out of 46 produced and is not registered. The Catawiki site states that the bike is new and has been kept in a room in good environmental condition so far. It is estimated that the final price will reach between 66,000 and 73,000 euros.