However, he hasn’t raced on two wheels. In fact, he crashed the previous weekend at Jerez preparing for the Rossi duel and there are reports he may have thrown the bike away on Monday.
4 Congratulatory comments
The few congratulatory comments from Rossi and Hamilton give little away.
Hamilton said: “It’s so awesome to see a legend like Valentino in the car.”
Rossi said: “I was a big fan of Lewis’s before but now I am even more.”
But it’s this Rossi comment that seems to indicate the elements were against the bikes.
“Technically, Valencia is a hard track and today was windy so, at one point, I thought it would be difficult for Lewis to continue, but he was brilliant on the bike and his position on the M1 was great. I think he had loads of fun, which is the main thing.”
Sounds like he had fun but lost!
5 It’s Rossi!
After all, it’s Rossi, the nine-time world champion!
Rossi has long wanted to get into four-wheeled racing, especially rallying where he has already had some success.
After winning nine world titles, Rossi has little to prove on two wheels, but a lot to prove to sponsors on four.
Six-time F1 champion Lewis, who switches from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2021, has not expressed any interest in switching to motorcycle racing.
We expect the official video from Monster Energy to appear in the next couple of weeks but don’t expect it will be any clearer on who won!
MV Agusta has launched its fourth limited-edition model, the Brutale 800 RR LH44, in collaboration with five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
Only 144 bikes will be made, each with Hamilton’s race number “44”.
They will cost $A38,880 ride away, which is about $14,00 more than the RR version and $10,000 more than the RR America.
Lewis Hamilton collaboration
The Brutale 800 RR LH44 is distinguished by a blacked-out ceramic exhaust, LH44 rim design, pearl shock red lever sets, and carbonfibre highlighted side covers, fuel tank trim, front and rear fenders and dashboard cover.
It also has a compact and lightweight two-channel ABS 9 Plus that features Rear Wheel Lift-up Mitigation to control the pressure on the front brake and avoid rear wheel lift-up.
MV Agusta says the Euro 4 inline-three cylinder engine has “undergone extensive technical updating”.
However, they don’t say what that is, but horsepower remains at 140hp with a top speed of 244km/h.
MV Agusta has launched a host of limited edition models in the past few years as they have struggled under financial constraints to produce new models.
While we’ve lost count of the number of “limited-edition models” they have released in recent years, we do know this is the fourth in collaboration with Lewis Hamilton.
It sort of makes a mockery of the term “limited edition” when they produce so many.
Top of the range of limited-edition models was last year’s $A125,012 Claudio F4 which pays homage to former company president Claudio Castiglioni.
Meanwhile, MV Agusta have produced only a couple of new models since 2013 and suffered from a frustratingly slow supply chain. We know of one rider who waited six months for a sump plug!
Instead of fixing supply, updating their bikes or launching new models, MV continued to churn out limited-edition models with a lick of paint, some extra farkle and a hefty price tag.