MotoGP: Rossi’s new colours for Barcelona

Championship leader sports new paintjob in honour of Italian football team

Rossi's new football-inspired paint scheme

VALENTINO ROSSI’S YZR-M1 will carry a one-off livery for the Grand Prix of Catalunya this weekend in celebration of the European Football Championships, which begin on Sunday.

The championship leader’s bike has been specially painted like the shirts of the Italian national team, the ‘Azzurri’, ahead of their opening game against Holland on Monday. Rossi will also wear leathers designed in the same style and even his famous number 46 has undergone a change for the weekend.

Rossi said: “Fiat wanted to do something special for the Italian national team, before their game against Holland. I think the bike looks really good.”

Reminiscent of the 1970s, we think

We love Rossi's new paintjob - do you?