Honda refuses to give Rossi his promised bike as a present at MotoGP farewell


Valentino Rossi and Honda have been at odds for nearly twenty years, even though they have a lot to be proud of together. Rossi won the first three world titles in the premier class of road racing (formerly the GP500, later the MotoGP) with Honda, in a dominant way.

In fact, it was so dominant that Honda claimed the engine was so good that many more drivers would become world champions with it. Those words were wrong with Rossi and so he turned to another team. In his first year with Yamaha he immediately made his point, as he won the first race in the championship later on.

Feud Honda and Rossi continues

After a total of seven world titles at the highest level, Rossi has retired. He owns many of the machines that made him champion, but the Hondas are missing due to the feud that has continued since late 2003. Yes, Honda took the three machines to the last MotoGP race in Valencia to display them alongside the Yamahas, but then quickly packed them up again for the flight back to Japan.

Rossi asked according to Motorsport-Total Honda CEO Alberto Puig asked if he could at least have the NSR500 (pictured third from the right) from his first title in 2001, just as he would have been promised once, but he got zero on his claim. The specially equipped spot in his house in Tavullia thus remains empty.

Honda itself has meanwhile indicated that the machine deserves a place in Japan, because the engine would also be important for the Honda brand and they would therefore like to show the machine to the Japanese public.

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