First Shots of Valentino Rossi on the Ducati

11/09/2010 @ 6:33 am, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

First Shots of Valentino Rossi on the Ducati Valentino Rossi Ducati MotoGP test Valencia 635x455

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):

PosRiderTeamFastest lapPrev. GapLead. GapLaps
1Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing1:32.012--48
2Casey StonerHRC1:32.775+0.763+0.76344
3Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing1:32.878+0.103+0.86642
4Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team1:32.912+0.034+0.90035
5Marco SimoncelliSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:32.919+0.007+0.90759
6Andrea DoviziosoRepsol Honda Team1:33.190+0.271+1.17850
7Colin EdwardsMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.513+0.323+1.50149
8Alvaro BautistaRizla Suzuki MotoGP1:33.558+0.045+1.54654
9Nicky HaydenDucati Team1:33.716+0.158+1.70454
10Valentino RossiDucati Team1:33.882+0.166+1.87056
11Randy De PunietPramac Racing Team1:33.914+0.032+1.90254
12Hiroshi AoyamaSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:33.953+0.039+1.94167
13Hector BarberaPaginas Amarillas Aspar1:34.110+0.157+2.09876
14Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 31:34.314+0.204+2.30259
15Loris CapirossiPramac Racing Team1:34.631+0.317+2.61971
16Toni EliasLCR Honda MotoGP1:35.058+0.427+3.04660
17Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing1:35.076+0.018+3.06449

Source: MotoGP

Comment:

  1. vr46 says:

    finally….thanks for the photo….what the main sponsor for the team? Marlboro, Fiat, Nastro Azzuro?

  2. John says:

    The Age of Aquarious has arrived….

  3. Sam says:

    No coincidence Rossi did 46 laps then :-)

  4. ML says:

    Its still Marlboro.

  5. georGe aka-VintageWrencher says:

    The former Yamaha crew members who have made the team switch are wearing black not yellow shirts per a deal with Yamaha. Or so I have read.

  6. Photos and Alex Briggs suggest otherwise. They are definitely out there wearing yellow sweaters.

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/6sh69m

  7. Mickey says:

    The air wings on the GP11 are even bigger.

  8. kumo says:

    @ML Rossi is disagree with a tobacco brand as a sponsor. And, surely, with them Ducati could get other sponsors, like FIAT.

  9. gnmac says:

    Yes FIAT should be the lead sponsor now :) A&R, thank you for bringing Christmas to us early!!!

  10. Part of the reason (besides an Italian selling Italian cars) Fiat sponsored Yamaha was to get Rossi in F1 (either for promotions or after his MotoGP career). Fiat owns Ferrari, whose F1 team is sponsored by Marlboro….and Marlboro pays a HUGE portion of Ducati’s MotoGP bill. Marlboro’s dollars aren’t going anywhere, and I wouldn’t expect Fiat to be a sponsor just for kicks.

    That being said, I would not expect to see Fiat sponsoring Yamaha next year.

  11. CBR600RR 09 says:

    Whats with the rub my ass jensen on the still of the video before play starts?

  12. Ken Chang says:

    The day has come. Valentino Rossi on a Ducati. http://bit.ly/d93LT6

  13. ML says:

    @Kumo: Don’t forget he was sponsored by Camel on Yamaha.

  14. Doctor Jelly says:

    Is that the big bang version?

  15. BAD. ASS. ERY! http://bit.ly/cBc6ph (via @asphalt_rubber) #motorcycle #photography

  16. Will says:

    Who’s Jensen?

  17. vr46 says:

    Editor of Asphalt & Rubber

  18. RT @BlueCatMotor: A great article on Rossi testing in Valencia. http://fb.me/EZtDRYAM

  19. Gilberto says:

    Ohhh! VR/46 all the way!

  20. Keith says:

    OH MY GOD HE’S WEARING WHITE WALLS! sheesh, surprised noone else said it…oh and he ran both motors big bang and screamer during the tests.

  21. gnmac says:

    I wish he would run the SCREAMER!!!

  22. Gilberto says:

    Lol i love this dude, he roks!!

  23. Rock says:

    @Kumo. Who cares about Tobacco sponsorship. Are you that weak minded? Anyone who wants to sponsor a bike should be allowed, especially in this economy. You don’t see people jumping to sponsor anyone, and willing to spend all that money. So deal with it and hope that we don’t lose another bike on the grid.