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Rossi says goodbye to his M1 and its Ohlins suspension systems

Article posted: 09/11/2010 12:20:33
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Rossi has ridden his M1 for the last timeRossi has ridden his M1 for the last time

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has said goodbye to his Yamaha M1 and its advanced Ohlins suspension systems.

The nine-time champion has spent seven years on the Yamaha M1, winning 46 races and four MotoGP titles.

However, his time with the bike ended at Valencia on Sunday (November 7th), with Rossi set to ride for the Ducati team next year.

The M1 uses upside down Ohlins racing forks and Ohlins shocks on the rear, ensuring the balance and weight distribution that has made the bike the most successful machine in the last decade.

As well as taking Rossi to four titles, the M1 has also guided Jorge Lorenzo to his first MotoGP title.

This is down to the Ohlins suspensions systems, Yamaha engine and gearbox working together to make it the fastest bike in the paddock, despite it not having the greatest top speed.

Rossi's place on the M1 for the 2011 season will be taken by American rider Ben Spies.

Posted by Simon Danckwerts