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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Rossi wins Monza Rally.

Valentino Rossi has added to his growing rallying credentials by taking victory in the Monza Rally - then declared that winning feels the same on two or four wheels.

Rossi, who recently drove a privately entered 2005-spec Subaru Impreza to 11th overall in Rally New Zealand, took his first Monza Rally victory in a Ford Focus WRC - and also won the 'Master Show' competition, which uses a head-to-head knockout format, for the second year in succession.

Although far from a 'full' rally - the Monza event uses parts of the famous Italian racetrack and its access roads to create seven asphalt stages - it attracts top drivers and machines.

Last year, Rossi finished second overall behind former Le Mans winner Rinaldo Capello, but ahead of former World Rally Champion Colin McRae. This year, Rossi won five of the seven stages to beat Monza specialist Capello by a solid 24 seconds and claim his first official rally victory, and outpaced former World Rally Champion Didier Auriol by seven seconds in the head-to-head Master Show final.

"I didn't celebrate a [MotoGP] victory after Malaysia and I can say that winning in rally gives the same emotions as winning in MotoGP," declared Rossi. "The car was perfect and, above all, I didn't make any mistakes, that is what counts most in rallying.

"After driving a rally car on asphalt at Monza and on gravel in New Zealand, now I would like to try driving in the snow," he revealed.

But before any such ice outing, Rossi is turning his attention back to two wheels and the 2007 MotoGP World Championship, with the Italian heading straight from Monza to the final 2006 test session, at Jerez from November 28-30, as he plots to regain his crown.

"Now I'm going to Jerez to continue developing the new Yamaha and the new tyres for next season. My rivals are now very competitive and younger than me... they will be doing all they can to 'send me to my pension' next season," warned the five times MotoGP world champion.

Rossi also announced at Monza that he plans to enter the 2007 Rally of Great Britain (see separate story) and confirmed that rallying is one of the possibilities for his post-MotoGP future - but also repeated his interest in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). Rossi tested a DTM Mercedes shortly before Rally New Zealand.

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nice! but id rather see him on 2 wheels for now Razz and i wanna know what the yamaha bike's name is! Mad

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yamaha M8 i would assume.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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nice! but id rather see him on 2 wheels for now Razz


Me too. He has to get his title back, coz hes the real MotoGP Champion Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Don't worry, The Doctor is still here...

http://www.motogp.com/en/motogp/motogp_news.htm?menu=news&news_id=18475&championship_id=3&section=1

P.S. I know it's still testing, but isn't it ironic that the Hondas are near the back, even though it was supposedly them that instigated the 800cc limit! Good luck to Hopper, would LOVE to see him win a race....
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

i wonder if the Honda would be faster if they put a regular tail on it lol Razz

looks like its still called YZR-M1, which i suspected would be the case Cool afterall its a good name
and a cool sword design on the number and helmet Very Happy might be another skin coming lol
lol if u look closely at the sword, it has a scratched-out #1 on it hehe Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

scratched out number 1 on the sword yeah....but it looks like mr. Rossi forgot the number 1 on his leathers Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Rez, it wont be called the M1.

The only reason that is still on it is because the fairings are identical i think.

This is far far from a release bike so i would expect change especially as yamaha always use a number that represents capacity.

R1 : Road 1000
R6 : Road 600
The rumoured Road 400 was going to be called the R4
M1 : MotoGP 1000
so i would assume M8 for MotoGP800

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

the reports were referring to it as "his new 800cc YZR-M1" and so forth, so i dunno which to believe now lol Confused

yeah i guess we wont really know until the official factory team presentation Cool ...i wonder if the livery will be any different....

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

i'm only speculating but i dont think camel will be the title sponsor this year.

Normally the sponsor would be on the side of the bike just in white but nothing as far this year. And hes only wearing his "team" leathers...

Who knows.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

i wonder what Nicky would be thinking lol Razz
maybe he should put some big boxing gloves on his bike Very Happy

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I'm ready to go toe-to-toe and duke it out with him in 2007

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

that sword is ugly

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

well, i made this 'fictional' logo while we wait lol

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

StuButler wrote:
i'm only speculating but i dont think camel will be the title sponsor this year.

Normally the sponsor would be on the side of the bike just in white but nothing as far this year. And hes only wearing his "team" leathers...

Who knows.

Stu


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YAMAHA FACTORY RACING AND CAMEL END THEIR MOTOGP PARTNERSHIP

Following Camel's recent announcement, Yamaha Factory Racing would like to express its thanks to Camel and Japan Tobacco International for their partnership and support over the 2006 MotoGP season.

Our thanks go out to all those involved in the project; they have formed an important part of our team over the past year.

It has been a great honour for Yamaha to work with such an experienced sponsor and Camel's enthusiasm throughout the season has been greatly appreciated by the entire Yamaha Factory Racing Team and the Yamaha Motor Group.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

StuButler wrote:
Rez, it wont be called the M1.

The only reason that is still on it is because the fairings are identical i think.

This is far far from a release bike so i would expect change especially as yamaha always use a number that represents capacity.

R1 : Road 1000
R6 : Road 600
The rumoured Road 400 was going to be called the R4
M1 : MotoGP 1000
so i would assume M8 for MotoGP800

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R7: Road 750

The R4 has also exsisted, an R6 chassis with an FZR400 engine which ran at the IoM for a couple of years until the ACU scraped the 400s and the GP classes, the bastards.
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