Podcast: The story of Rossi’s bombshell Yamaha move

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

Valentino Rossi’s dramatic switch from Honda to Yamaha, and the instant turnaround in the manufacturer’s fortunes as a result, is the focus of our latest MotoGP podcast.

MotoGP technical guru Neil Spalding joins Toby Moody to revisit how Rossi and key Yamaha personnel turned a two-year plan to win the world championship into a debut victory and title success at the first attempt in 2004.

As well as recalling their memories from being in the paddock when Rossi announced he was leaving the dominant force in MotoGP’s then-new four-strike era, they explain in depth how the technical battle was shaping up between Honda and Yamaha early in the 21st century.

Toby and Neil also look at where Yamaha stands today as a result of its mid-2000s turnaround, and if it is about to go through a similar process from 2019 to 2020 as it did from 2003 to 2004.

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