Rossi rejoins Yamaha for Valencia testing
13 November 2012 – Valentino Rossi exchanged red and yellow for a silver and black livery as he made the switch back from Ducati to Yamaha for Valencia MotoGP testing on Tuesday. In accordance with changed sporting regulations this year, the sport officially moved into the 2013 season as soon as the Grand Prix was finished on Sunday.
Having capped off two generally miserable Ducati seasons with a quiet race to tenth place in Valencia, Rossi remains at the Ricardo Tormo circuit but is now Jorge Lorenzo’s team-mate for the first time since the end of 2010. Conditions were poor as the action began, with Álvaro Bautista the early leader for Gresini.
Other significant movers for the factory teams are Marc Márquez, the 19-year-old Moto2 Champion who is now riding alongside Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda, and Andrea Dovizioso who switches from Tech 3 Yamaha to the second works Ducati seat next-door to Nicky Hayden.
At Tech 3, Cal Crutchlow is joined by Bradley Smith as Andrea Iannone and Shane ‘Shaky’ Byrne test with Pramac and Paul Bird Motorsport, respectively. A total of 21 riders are on-track and the Valencia test will be staged over the course of two days.