Valentino Rossi is without a doubt one of the greatest legends in the history of motor racing. In the 2019 MotoGP season, Valentino Rossi once again marked an important milestone in his long and successful racing career: the 40-year-old racer began his 400th race at Phillip Island, Australia. The motorbike Rossi missed was a 5 cylinder Honda RC211V ‘Big Bang’!
It turns out that the Australian series holds many memories. When asked which motor he wants to ride again and what circuit? Valentino Rossi has the answer to this: “Maybe Phillip Island with a five-cylinder Honda (V5) in 2003. When I ignored the yellow flag and won despite being sentenced to ten seconds,” recalled Rossi.
During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, the Italian driver claimed his second world title with the Repsol livery on a Honda RC211V. One of the motorbikes he missed again ..
Australia’s 2003 race Valentino (Honda) won over Loris Capirossi (Ducati) by +5,212 seconds and Nicky Hayden (Honda) +12,039. Where is one race that is ‘chaotic’ but ends in victory.
Honda RC211V (2002 & 2003)
In 2002, changes to regulations required the team to use a four-stroke engine. Honda invents RC211V. Using the “Big Bang” system that has been used for several years (NSR500), the Japanese manufacturer designed a 990cc V5 engine that quickly proved to be a tough motorbike above the others. This motorbike can go up to speeds of more than 330 km / h on several tracks, thanks to the power of more than 200 horsepower. Valentino Rossi knows how to get the most out of the capabilities of the Honda RC211V.