First shots: Rossi and Yamaha reunited

The first pictures of The Doctor back on a Yamaha are out

Posted: 13 November 2012
by Visordown News

Rossi back on a Yamaha

VALENTINO ROSSI was photographed for the first time back on a Yamaha today at the Valencia test.

Traditionally, the inter-season test is an opportunity to familiarise transfered riders with their teams and just as importantly, give the public a glimpse of what is to come over the forthcoming season.

No unveiling has been as eagerly anticipated as that of Valentino Rossi, who will return to Yamaha after a disappointing two-year spell at Ducati, in which he claimed just three podium finishes in 35 races. Fans clamoured for a glimpse of Rossi atop the YZR-M1 he will race alongside current world champion Jorge Lorenzo in 2013.

Unfortunately from a sporting point of view, this morning's test session was cut short by rain. The 33-year-old was one of the first out on track and set a time of 1.44.158 after two laps, when a sudden burst of rain disrupted proceedings just 10 minutes after the track had opened for the start of testing.

Heading into next season, fans will be hoping that The Doctor will be able to return to winning ways back at Yamaha, with whom he won four world championships.

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Looks better already. Even the artwork on the number reminds me of the 250 days. I hope his fluent style returns too. It went on the ducati - he was stiff and rigid, trying to match technique obviously. I want to see the old carving fluent rossi again.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 11:56

Should just rename it the YamaHonda Cup and be done with it.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 12:03

Good luck Rossi!!!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 12:20

Is it my imagination, or does he look like like he's carrying a bit more weight that usual? I don't want to go calling the guy fat but he seems a bit more generously proportioned, around the waist band area. Has he not been training properly during his time at Ducati?

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 13:07

He probably put the weight on purposely to add more weight to the front end.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 13:19

he will need it (luck)

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 17:42

That paint-job/leather scheme looks ace! I know they wont but they should run it for the actual motogp not just testing! I'll put some more exclamation marks to emphasise!!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 20:39

I reckon it"s gona be a real tough season for VR, he has to re- learn the yam amid expectations of success,and all the hungry gang are not going to give him any quarter,Dani is defo on it, Mr lorenzo is much matured ,Stefan is learning fast ,and even Ben"s standin is romping along (what a great ride he had),lets hope that our Cal can keep up the great work that he is doing .

should be a great season ...roll o 2013 

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:33

Looks like too many Pizzas!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:36

Aki - It's because Dorna are Spanish, Repsol are Spanish and half the riders are Spanish (a by-product of the first two)

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 13:26

Can I ask savman, are you referring to Ben Spies when you say Ben's standing is romping along and he had a great race.....?

Or are you being sarcastic in this and I'm being dim......

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 16:18

There also needs to be a big shout to Bradders. After the endless slating that people gave him for not being up the front on that Mistral 610 he's proving what a class act he truly is.

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 22:13

yeah sav man, id like to know who you're referring to as well. Ben Spies career is over red rover.

Big predictions? I dont know, I dont see Lorenzo and Ped being challenged really apart from the possibility and hope of 46. Yall seem to be talking the younger ones up but I see it largely as this year Im afraid.

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 02:00

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 02:13

Cant wait to see the doc back on the yam!!!

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 22:16

Massive pressure on the donkey ,he now has a top bike the excuses are gone.lorenzo looks like man fired up and super confident,the donkey will be put out to pasture after the next season.

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 20:08

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