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Rossi hopes Honda provides him first title-winning MotoGP bike

The nine-time grand prix world champion retired from MotoGP on the finish of final season, bringing to an in depth a 432 GP profession spanning 26 campaigns.

Throughout his tenure, Rossi gained championships with Aprilia within the 125cc and 250cc lessons, Honda two-stroke 500cc and four-stroke MotoGP equipment, and Yamahas in MotoGP.

Through the Valencia finale a particular show of all of Rossi’s title-winning bikes was staged within the paddock for him, with Rossi having most of them in his private assortment at dwelling.

The one bikes lacking from Rossi’s assortment are the Honda NSR500 he gained his first title on in 2001 and the RC211Vs he gained the 2002 and 2003 championships on.

The connection between Rossi and Honda soured in 2003 as he felt his contribution to HRC’s success was not being given sufficient credit score, with the Italian signing for Yamaha for 2004.

Talking in Valencia, Rossi says he was as a consequence of get the 2001 500cc bike from Honda years in the past but it surely by no means arrived and hopes HRC will change its thoughts sooner or later.

“I communicate with Alberto and I requested for – minimal – the 500, additionally as a result of that 500 is my 500,” Rossi mentioned.

“It is the bike that Honda was supposed to present to me and I used to be able to take, I had already the place at dwelling [for it].

“However for some motive the bike by no means arrived. I am pleased if Honda change the thought and gave me that one.

“For positive, the bike will keep effectively, at a superb temperature and have a superb place at my home.”

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Team Team Principal, 9 time world Champion bikes

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Workforce Workforce Principal, 9 time world Champion bikes

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

When requested if Honda would contemplate Rossi’s request, Puig responded: “Properly, it is a tough story.

“So, I can’t reply, however this bike can be essential for us as a result of we have now it in a museum.

“Honda may be very happy with the titles that we received, and in addition with the titles that Valentino received for us collectively.

“So, I am positive we need to have this as an important trophy in our home to indicate to our followers that we had been able to successful that title with that bike.”

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