Posted: 02 Jan 2014
Yamaha are offering you the opportunity to build, from scratch, your very own version of Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP bike. In fact, you can even build your own Valentino Rossi and a model of the iconic corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca to recreate that legendary move on Casey Stoner from 2008.
Yamaha will provide you with the designs; you’ll just need to free some space in the diary to get cracking. Oh, you’ll also need a printer and a shed load of paper too. A steady hand wouldn’t go amiss either, the templates for the M1 alone come on thirty-four sheets of A4-sized paper with hundreds of intricate parts to build the bike, including the dash, levers, brake discs, forks, wheels and even aspects of the engine under the faring.
In all, the “Parts” downloads (templates for cutting & carefully sticking the M1, Valentino Rossi and Laguna Seca’s corkscrew) form 323 A4 pages and the instructions can be seen on forty-three pages of PDF (although you don’t have to print the instructions).
The concept was created by paper craft designer Nobutaka Mukouyama, who has crafted a range of paper models for Yamaha available via their website. Mukouyama says the piece is designed to represent a racing scene in its world view. The scene and rider, Laguna Seca 2008 and Valentino Rossi, were chosen because Mukouyama believes it is an image that “embodies the general world of racing”. In an interview with Rossi, Mukouyama explains how extra effort went into the recreating the moment in which Rossi’s foot left the foot-peg during the battle with Stoner in 2008.
Fancy having a go? You can access the download here. If you succeed, send us the images!