The 2005 M1
The 2005 M1
The 2005 M1 fitted with the new throttle controller
Valentino on the podium in Spain
idiosynchratic in the extreme - Rossi's signature prayer stance before he mounts a racing motorcycle
Whilst many are quick to pint out that rossi has fallen out with his two main rivals, he clearly has no issues with Marco melandri - his main current rival on the points table.
The start earlier this afternoon - Rossi 46 is at left, but the holeshot went to Gibernau (15) at right and Melandri (33) in the centre
Melandri was at the front of the race for several laps today - he keeps maturing and will almost certainly be the next major threat to emerge after Gibernau and Biaggi
Shinya Nakano's Kawasaki leads Loris Capirossi, John Hopkins and Carlos Checa
John Hopkins continues to ride the wheels of the Suzuki and somehow come up without points. The rumour mill suggests that he might have a more competitive machine next year and it won't have an S in the name.
Valentino made peace with the Spanish throngs after the controversial happenings of the first race of the season in Jerez
Sete had the home track advantage and thousands of adoring fans to cheer him on. He rode like a demon. he got beat!
Makoto Tamada and the lightning fast konica Minolta Honda RC211V
carlos Checa leads Robbie Rolfo on the Ducati, David Checa on the Fortuna M1 and Kenny Roberts on the Suzuki.
The Kawasaki team is slowly but surely working its way to the front of the field
Nicki hayden showed he is close to the front-line pace in Spain - he hung with Gibernau and Rossi for a long time before dropping off the pace.
Gibernau rode as well as any mortal could have - it's almost sad to see him finish second.
Team-mates marco melandri and Sete Gibernau both scored podiums in Spain
The Ducati is again competitive - at some circuits. That's Capirossi on the grid.
The Ducatis are suffering from massive rear tyre problems - not surprising really, given they produce more power than anything else on the track, with perhaps the exception of Tamada's RC211V Honda - easily the fastest of the Honda teams.
Barros was in contention for third place all the way to the end
Troy Bayliss turned in a best-ever perfroamcne on the Honda but it's unlikely that whatever he does from this point forth will save his Honda ride for 2006.
Max Biaggi - one race meeting he is capable of pushing Rossi to the wire, the next he is incapable of riding out of sight on a dark night
The first team to ride M1s was in 2002 - Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa of the Marlboro Yamaha team. Marlboro subsequently moved its sponsorship to Ducati though the team perfromed satisfactorily in MotoGP's first 4-stroke year. Biaggi won two races, the tea
The 2003 Fortuna Yamaha Team of Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa - total podium placings for the year was ZERO!
The 2003 Gauloises Team rode M1s - Alex Barros scored one third place, Olivier Jacque scored one fourth. Total podiums for the season - ONE!
The 2004 M1 riders - Rossi won nine races and the title. Carlos Checa scored ONE pdium - a second place in France.
Rossi and his chief engineer Jeremy Burgess
Rossi mocks the Honda protest over the grid-sweeping incident at the Malaysian race meeting following Qatar.
Rossi starts from the back of the grid in Qatar, 2004. He crashed, as did his relationship with Gibernau. Gibernau has not beaten him since.
It is an understatement of considerable proportion to say that Valentino is comfortable with the media
Valentino and his fellow Yamaha employees
Rossi's world championship t-shirt in Malaysia - the week after Qatar
June 12, 2005 Less than two years ago the Yamaha M1 factory prototype racing machine was not considered competitive – indeed, it was considered by most to be a dog. It struggled throughout the 2003 Moto Grand Prix racing year, and in the hands of two of the finest professional motorcycle racers in the world, Spaniard Carlos Checa and Brazilian Alex Barros, it finished an entire season with just one third place as its sole podium from 32 starts. In 2004, Yamaha was fortunate to be able to obtain a rare and frightfully expensive throttle controller for one of its machines (also known as Valentino Rossi), making the machine far more competitive – from 16 starts in 2004, the Rossi-fitted machine won nine times and placed second twice and won the world championship. It’s win, with Rossi aboard this afternoon, is its fifth win from six starts this season and Rossi is now 58 points clear of his nearest rival. A look back at the results makes interesting reading – though the bike is reportedly far better than it was, no-one else is making it go fast enough to be competitive.
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