Custom R1 To Honour Valentino Rossi at Bike Expo
The organisers of the Australian Motorcycle Expo Brisbane and Melbourne, and the Sydney Motorcycle Show are excited to announce the auction of a one-off custom Yamaha R1, with a unique livery that personifies the man they call ‘The Doctor’, Valentino Rossi.
There are very few riders in the history of motorcycle racing that have enjoyed widespread success and fan appeal like Valentino Rossi, the undisputed master of modern MotoGP. Along with five incredibly dominant world championships, Rossi holds the record for most podium positions, and is constantly eclipsing long-standing records set by names the likes of Doohan, Agostini and Schwanz.
The personable Italian is as dynamic off track as he is on, and his infectious vitality has earned him a huge legion of supporters across the globe. To celebrate his career, the organisers of the Australian Motorcycle Expo Brisbane and Melbourne, and the Sydney Motorcycle Show are excited to announce the auction of a one-off custom Yamaha R1, with a unique livery that personifies the man they call ‘The Doctor’.
It features incredible airbrushing with a dual-sided design; the right-hand fairing is highlighted by the distinct Rossi yellow, with a brilliant blue on the left-hand fairing. As well as a number of detailed characters and symbols, it also features a subtle embossed pattern of ’46’ icons, Valentino’s famous race number.
The Rossi R1 will feature as part of the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney events, and will be personally signed by the man himself at the Phillip Island MotoGP. Profits from this incredible auction will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the bidding will take place across a 10-day period on eBay, beginning on November 2 and concluding on November 12.
The unique Rossi R1, with artwork by Mark Brown of Brown’s Grafix, will be featured on the Yamaha display at each premier exhibition, with the first showing to take place at this week’s Brisbane show. Enthusiasts attending the Australian Motorcycle Expo Brisbane (September 21-23), the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne (October 5-7) and the Sydney Motorcycle Show (November 2-4) will be provided with flyers to remind them to log on and put in their bids for this amazing creation.
Mark Petersen of Exhibition and Trade Fairs said that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and said he expected bids to come from both local and overseas enthusiasts. "The custom Yamaha Rossi R1 is an incredible motorcycle, with the unique livery reflecting Valentino’s colourful personality and his many superstitions," said Petersen. "Very rarely does this kind of opportunity come up, and the eventual winning bidder will ride away aboard a rare and never-to-be-repeated machine, complete with the mark of the man himself. Don’t miss your chance to view this machine in person at either Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney."
"All profits from the auction will be donated to a fantastic charity in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so we are urging everyone to check it out at the events and get their bid in online."
The Australian Motorcycle Expo Brisbane runs from this Friday to Sunday, with opening times and admission prices as follows:
Friday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission Adult: $16 Child: $12 (age 5-15) under 5 for free *Concession: $12 Family: $39 (2 adults/up to 2 children) All prices inclusive of GST
*Concession prices only apply to Companion Card Holders, Pensioner Concession Card holders. Identification must be produced at time of purchase and on request upon entry.