Top 5 Yamaha MotoGP riders of all time
MotoGP racing is one of the most interesting sports in today's sporting world which was set up by the FIM.
MotoGP was started in 1949 when the Federation Internationale de Motorcycle was set up. It is the oldest established Motorsport in the world. It has many motorcycle teams which have established themselves over time, and one of them is Yamaha Motor Racing. It was established in 1992. When Wayne Rainey retired from the sport, Yamaha was established and he was made the director.
Yamaha has had many great players over the course of its career in MotoGP. Later in 2004, another great joined the team, Valentino Rossi, who immediately made an impact when he won the Championship in the same year.
Here we have a look at five great players who have raced for Yamaha in MotoGP.
#1 Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi, an amazing Italian professional motorcycle road racer, made his debut in 2000 in MotoGP.
He is a multiple time MotoGP Champion. Not only that, he also is the only rider in the world to have won the world championship in four different classes: 125cc, 250cc, 500cc, and MotoGP.
Before moving to Yamaha in 2005, he had won the 500cc championship with Honda in 2001 and the MotoGP championships in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Rossi has nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name, out of which seven are in the premier class.
Rossi suffered a minor setback when he joined Yamaha in 2005, as he lost the next season to his former teammate Nick Hayden due to a crash in the final round at Valencia.
He retained the title in 2008 after several duels with Casey Stoner following which he suffered a broken leg in 2010 and could not take part in the 2010 championships. In 2011, he left Yamaha for Ducati where he suffered a horrific season.
It was confirmed in 2012 that he would be rejoining Yamaha for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Rossi came second in 2014, 2015 and 2016 season. He was leading the whole season in 2015 before being surpassed by Jorge Lorenzo who was his teammate at Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi is contracted to race till 2020 when he will turn 41. Till date, he has won 55 races and is also the owner of junior class Sky racing team by vr46 that competes in Moto2 and Moto3 Racing. Due to his accomplishments, he will surely go down as one of the best MotoGP drivers of this generation.