Rossi vs Robot?

If you thought MotoGP’s living legend Valentino Rossi has hit rock bottom in the Championship after the rather controversial round in Malaysia even tougher times lie ahead. Curious? Scroll down to know why

2015 Yamaha R1 Valentino Rossi web

Story: Team Bike India

One could hardly say that the Malaysian round of MotoGP 2015 was good for one Valentino Rossi. Most would say, he’s hit rock bottom this season and a huge challenge lies ahead if he is to take the World Title. However, Valencia isn’t the only challenge that lies ahead. In a bizarre twist of fate, a new challenger has arisen from the house of Yamaha to take the fight straight to this living legend. This time, it’s not even a human but Yamaha’s new Motobot, which the company showed to the world at the Tokyo Motor Show. Click on the link below to see what the fuss is all about:

The Motobot Ver.1 is Yamaha’s technology exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. It is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business.

Video: Courtesy MotorcyclesDreams

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