Rossi hopes Honda will give him the first ever title-winning MotoGP motorcycle


The nine-time Grand Prix World Champion retired from MotoGP at the end of last season, ending a 432 GP career with 26 campaigns.

During his tenure, Rossi won championships with Aprilia in the 125cc and 250cc, Honda two-stroke 500cc and four-stroke MotoGP machines, and Yamahas in MotoGP.

During the Valencia Finals, a special exhibition of all of Rossi’s title-winning motorcycles was staged for him in the paddock, most of which Rossi had in his personal collection at home.

The only bikes missing from Rossi’s collection are the Honda NSR500, on which he won his first title in 2001, and the RC211Vs, on which he won championships in 2002 and 2003.

Rossi and Honda’s relationship worsened in 2003 when he felt his contribution to the success of HRC was not being recognized enough when the Italian signed for Yamaha in 2004.

In Valencia, Rossi says he was supposed to get the 2001 500cc motorcycle from Honda years ago but it never arrived and hopes that one day HRC will change his mind.

“I speak to Alberto and have asked for – at least – the 500, also because these 500 are my 500,” said Rossi.

“It’s the bike Honda was supposed to give me and I was ready to take it, I already had the seat at home [for it].

“But for some reason the bike never arrived. I am happy when Honda changes the idea and gives it to me.

“The bike will certainly stay good, have a good temperature and have a good place in my home.”

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Team Principal, 9-time World Champion motorcycles

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

When asked if Honda would consider Rossi’s request, Puig replied, “Well it’s a tricky story.

“Well, I can’t answer that, but this bike is also very important to us because we have it in a museum.

“Honda is very proud of the titles we have won and the titles that Valentino has won for us together.

“Well, I’m sure we want this to be a very important trophy in our house to show our fans that we were able to win this title with this bike.”

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