Rossi takes on Yamaha colours

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Valentino Rossi has undertaken the biggest challenge of his career in leaving the successful Honda camp and taking a Yamaha saddle for 2004.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Valentino Rossi has little to prove in the world of MotoGP. He has won each of the 125, 250 and 500c.c. world championships, only the second man ever to do so, and has dominated the senior class for the last three seasons. But the 25-year-old Italian has just undertaken the biggest challenge of his career in leaving the successful Honda camp and taking a Yamaha saddle for 2004 and on Thursday in Barcelona, he was unveiled in his new team colours. Rossi is looking forward to the year ahead, but feels that challenging for the championship may be beyond him in his first season with Yamaha. "It will be more difficult, but we have some great emotion and motivation. For sure, I expect one difficult season, and especially at the beginning, I think we will not be able to fight for the championship," said Rossi. Following the unveiling, Rossi took to the saddle alongside his new team-mate, the popular Spaniard Carlos Checa, as well as his factory colleagues Marco Melandri and Norick Abe, who ride for the Fortuna Gauloises Tech3 team. At the spectacular location of Montjuic Hill, overlooking the Catalan capital, they provided an impromptu freestyle display on board their 990cc YZR-M1 machines, complete with spectacular wheelies and burnouts. Rossi arrives at Yamaha with a quite superb curriculum vitae. In 2001 he became only the second rider in the history of motorcycling to lift all three titles. Son of Graziano, the celebrated rider of the 1970s, Valentino entered Grand Prix with Aprilia in 1996, winning 125c.c. races in his first season. His natural skill and flair has already made him a huge favourite for the fans, and at just 25-years-of-age, he is set to become one of the sport's true legends. In 2002 he dominated the first ever MotoGP four-stroke series aboard the Honda RC211V, and looked just as untouchable in 2003 despite the efforts of Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi. (AP)

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