The 2009 MotoGP championship was won by Italian Valentino Rossi riding a Yamaha YZR M1 for the official Yamaha works team sponsored by Fiat. During the Season Valentino Rossi won 6 rounds while his team mate Jorge Lorenzo won 4. This was the 6th MotoGP word championship that Valentino Rossi had won and his 2nd while riding for Yamaha. The YZR M1 has a Liquid cooled 4-stroke, 4 cylinder engine 800cc engine and is capable of speeds of up to 200mph.
This was my 2nd Tamiya 1/12 MotoGP bike that I have built and it could be finished in either a Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo livery. As a Valentino Rossi fan this was always going to be the scheme I was going to chose.
So I could add more detail to the base kit I used the Tamiya Front fork detail set and the Top Studio detail set. To paint the bike I used a Zero paint set produced for this kit to match the Yamaha works team design. The Studio 27 YZR-M1 Carbon decal set was used to give additional detailing to the Tamiya decals. Some of the decals was difficult to place, especially the carbon set, but overall I fairly pleased with the results.
As this is a race motorcycle the style of the build will always to be clean so I did not use any weathering on it other than having a glossy finish to the paint.