Valentino Rossi Thrashes Yamaha’s Motobot On Track

A couple of years ago, Yamaha made the bold proclamation that it would create an autonomous Yamaha R1M that could beat Valentino Rossi around a racetrack.

Well, that hasn’t happened, with Yamaha publishing a video that shows Rossi lapping the 2-mile Thunderhill Raceway Park more than 30 seconds faster than the ‘Motobot’. Even still, the robotic bike is pretty amazing.

Sitting atop a mechanically-stock R1M is the Motobot which somewhat resembles a human hunched over the gas tank of a motorcycle. It uses a host of sensors and has fine control over everything from the throttle, brakes and clutch to the steering and gearshift inputs.

Unfortunately for Motobot, it is fixed in place on the sports bike’s seat. By comparison, a human rider, especially one as skilled as Rossi, continually shifts their body weight when riding, ensuring that they get the most out of the mechanical grip available. Motobot cannot do this.

However, it doesn’t seem as though Yamaha is giving up with it saying “the ride shall continue” at the end of the clip.


  • karmat

    That’s a robot friendly track…Rossi had to go slow because of the concrete walls all over. Put them on a real track next time.

  • TheHake

    Can’t beat the Doc…

  • Bash

    What if there is somewhere out there an Optimus Prime.. of bikes. will it be a Harley Davidson?

    • KareKakk

      Barely… I’m impressed that they actually have the technological know-how on mounting a radio in their bikes.

      • Bash

        I see what you saying, but come on, some of their bikes are simply fantastic.

  • pureworx

    might become possible depending on the AI coding.. if the right training is provided it will learn and improve over time.. might also have the ability to shift its weight over the bike.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    if Rossi was 60 years olld he would still thrash that thing

  • But why? “REVS you heart”… of a robot?

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