Clad in only carbon fiber bodywork, Valentino Rossi made the mental switch from blue to red today, as he swung his leg over the Ducati Desmosedici for the first time — a moment Italy, and the whole of MotoGP have been waiting for the entire 2010 MotoGP season.
As such Rossi and his crew from Yamaha will not be wearing the Rosso Corsa just yet (the former Yamaha crew has instead elected to wear some very smart looking yellow sweaters), but Rossi’s yellow “46” did make it onto the bike for the testing session, which is about all the branding that Ducati & Rossi fans need to see at this point to get in a fervor.
Promoting his VR46 line, Rossi is wearing special one-off Dainese D-Air leathers, which like the D16, is all black with yellow accents, while his AGV helmet has a question mark set between the Italian’s sun & moon logo. We wouldn’t be surprised if a replica version of these became available later this year. Video, lap times, and photos after the jump.
Day 1 MotoGP Test Times from Valencia (as of 5pm local time):
|Pos||Rider||Team||Fastest lap||Prev. Gap||Lead. Gap||Laps|
|1||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha Factory Racing||1:32.012||–||–||48|
|3||Ben Spies||Yamaha Factory Racing||1:32.878||+0.103||+0.866||42|
|4||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||1:32.912||+0.034||+0.900||35|
|5||Marco Simoncelli||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1:32.919||+0.007||+0.907||59|
|6||Andrea Dovizioso||Repsol Honda Team||1:33.190||+0.271||+1.178||50|
|7||Colin Edwards||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:33.513||+0.323||+1.501||49|
|8||Alvaro Bautista||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||1:33.558||+0.045||+1.546||54|
|9||Nicky Hayden||Ducati Team||1:33.716||+0.158||+1.704||54|
|10||Valentino Rossi||Ducati Team||1:33.882||+0.166||+1.870||56|
|11||Randy De Puniet||Pramac Racing Team||1:33.914||+0.032||+1.902||54|
|12||Hiroshi Aoyama||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1:33.953||+0.039||+1.941||67|
|13||Hector Barbera||Paginas Amarillas Aspar||1:34.110||+0.157||+2.098||76|
|14||Cal Crutchlow||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:34.314||+0.204||+2.302||59|
|15||Loris Capirossi||Pramac Racing Team||1:34.631||+0.317||+2.619||71|
|16||Toni Elias||LCR Honda MotoGP||1:35.058||+0.427||+3.046||60|
|17||Karel Abraham||Cardion AB Motoracing||1:35.076||+0.018||+3.064||49|