RC211V Valentino Rossi

Honda RC211V (2002 & 2003)

Valentino Rossi is without a doubt one of the greatest legends in Motorcycling History. During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, the Italian claimed both world titles wearing the colours of Repsol on the Honda RC211V.

This is how Rossi’s title-winning bike developed:

In 2002, with the change in regulations that allowed four-stroke engines to be used, Honda created the RC211V. Using the “Big Bang” system on which it had been working for several years (for the NSR500), the Japanese manufacturer designed a 990cc V5 engine that quickly proved to be a cut above the rest. On these bikes, the riders reached speeds of more than 330 km/h on some tracks, thanks to its more than 200 horsepower.

Valentino Rossi knew how to get the most out of the capabilities of the RC211V.


  • World Championships: 2
  • Wins with Rossi in 2002 and 2003: 20
  • Podiums with Rossi in 2002 and 2003: 31