Watch: Yamaha’s Motobot takes on Rossi

And gets hammered

IT looks like the robots aren’t ready to take over just yet. At least not while Valentino Rossi’s around.

Yamaha’s motorbike-riding robot, called Motobot, took on Rossi at Thunderhill Raceway Park, California, and finished more than 30 seconds behind the nine-time GP world champion.

Motobot’s lap time was 115.5 seconds, while Rossi managed 85.74 seconds on a similar R1M.

Motobot has been in development for three years – with the odd crash along the way, the video shows.

While it clearly still has a long way to go before achieving its goal to “surpass” Rossi, the technology is likely to be used to improve rider aids for humans, such traction as control.


Very clever but why? If a robot is riding the Bike in the future, no one is buying the Bikes. What is the point?

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