MotoGP: First Shots of Rossi Back on the Yamaha YZR-M1

11/13/2012 @ 1:48 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

Here’s one for the Rossi fans, the first photo of Valentino Rossi on-board the 1,000cc Yamaha YZR-M1 at the Valencia test (snagged by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 mechanic Steve Blackburn).

Apparently, the weather is being less than co-operative in Spain, with sprinkles of rain being reported, but that didn’t stop The Doctor from getting on-board “his” bike.

After the jump, there are 17 photos of Rossi’s maiden voyage back on the Yamaha YZR-M1 — all courtesy of photographer extraordinaire, Scott Jones.

Title Photo: Steve Blackburn (Twitter); Gallery Photos: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved


  1. Afletra says:

    WOW! *somersault :D

  2. FernandoARG says:

    Booyakasha! Welcome back dottore!

  3. smiler says:

    It looks like a road bike. Currently 8 secs off the pace, so perhaps it is.

  4. Johan says:

    Test livery on both bikes looks a lot better than the “Race Blu” contraption

  5. loki says:

    It’s not “his” bike anymore – it’s Lorenzo’s. I can’t wait to see how he’ll cope with that fact that (for the first time in his MotoGP career) he will not lead the development of the machine he’s riding. So, yeah, I do see Lorenzo being constantly in front of him.

    @Johan: It’ll change, worry not. I’m sure Rossi has brought a hefty amount of sponsors with him to adorn those fairings.

  6. fast_edi says:

    welcome back doctor…it’s time we need a new challenger for the front liner…

  7. William says:

    He is 8 seconds off of pace due to not doing any flying laps. He was just doing photo ops. Nothing could be learned by going race pace in those conditions.

  8. JohnEE says:

    That helmet and leather combo is awesome…..want.

  9. jon jon says:

    Let’s see what he can do now that he is back on Yamaha. I want to see if he can regain the respect of his fans; I’m tired of the relentless complaints on how Ducati hasn’t done enough for him.

  10. MikeD says:


    I was going to say. The Moon thing looks “refreshing” if anything.


    Man, i can feel the PEER PRESSURE of all the eyes locked on him and his future performance. Good luck, im sure ur going to need it…even if u are the Dr.

  11. More photos have been added, courtesy of our main man Scott Jones.

  12. Johan says:

    The pic that says it all is the one with the Duc crew watching as VR rolls by.

  13. loki says:

    @Johan: yea, I’m sure they already regret him. [irony]

  14. smiler says:

    I love Rossi but it is a reflection on the state of motogp when someone who failed even to win a race in the last 2 years on a bike that had previously won a world chmpionship gets back on his “old bike”, is 8 secs off the pace and this is the biggest story from motogp…….
    Lets hope, Dovi, Marquez and others can stir the soul of motogp more.

  15. Damo says:

    “8 secs off the pace”

    Would people stop with the nonsense, he didn’t complete any flying laps. Hence the lack of pace. Why all the Rossi hate?

    I guess Marquez and Smith were infinitely off pace because they didn’t run a lap, by you logic.

  16. bob says:

    Well thank goodness he’s out of that fugly mcdonalds-looking red and yellow color scheme….

  17. MikeD says:


    ROTFLMAO. That thing was HIDEOUS.

  18. FernandoARG says:

    McDonalds looking thing @Bob, lmao!

  19. smiler says:

    wow now we are talking about Rossi’s team fashion sense. Did not even bother to go out today. Must be confident.
    Hope it goes well though because the racing will certainly improve.

  20. Rossi didn’t go out today because of weather, not confidence.