Valentino Rossi is a top Italian professional motorbike road racer and multiple Motorbike World Champion. Valentino is also a two-time MotoGP champion, as well as multiple world championship winner.
It is well documented that Valentino was given a hard time by Yamaha before he signed with them as a full-time rider in 2020. Some of the comments they made were that Valentino was a “one-trick pony”, and that he lacked focus.
Since then, Yamaha have been willing to make concessions and change their minds when it comes to the sport of bike racing. The most important decision was made early on in Valentino's career, when they decided to give him a wild-card entry into the 2020 season. That allowed him to be a wild-card at every round, and to compete against all the other bikers in the class.
With that wild-card entries, Valentino was able to go after and challenge any other rider who came into the race, even those who had been riding for several years. This meant that the Yamaha rider had every opportunity to catch up and beat the others.
Many of the riders who qualified for wild-card entries had been doing so for several years. They had been getting a little stale. For years, the bike manufacturers had not bothered much about keeping up with the trends and fashions of their competitors, and this meant that these riders had been losing out on some serious podium finishes. Since they were allowed to ride wild-cards for the first couple of years, they had no choice but to ride these bikes like crazy.
After the wild-card entry, Valentino began working a little harder, and even managed to get a few podium finishes under his belt. He was a little more consistent, and his victories were coming in bunches. At one point, he even challenged for the championship title with Honda's Yoki Ezvizioso. However, Yamaha had already taken Ezvizioso out of the title picture, and he didn't stand a chance.
Valentino started losing confidence when he was outdueled and outclassed by Ezvizio. at the final test in Qatar, and he felt that he would never be able to catch the best rider in the class. He felt that Yamaha had a monopoly on the game.
Then Yamaha announced that they were going to change their rules and allow Valentino to race their bikes in their home race – the Suzuka 12 Hour endurance race. They wanted him to compete for the championship in this race instead of being a wild-card. Valentino agreed, and they gave him one of Yamaha's new factory bikes. Valentino entered the race and rode it hard.
Valentino wasn't expecting to do well. Yamaha's bike was a long-established and proven machine, and he thought that the bike would give him an unfair advantage over the rest of the field. He was wrong.
The bike just did not feel right on the racetrack. It made him dizzy. He felt as though he was riding a bicycle, and his feet and knees went numb when he tried to accelerate and decelerate.
When the race was finally finished, Yamaha announced that Yuki Ezvizioso would get the Yamaha factory bike and Valentino would race the wild-card. bike in the race. Yamaha, of course, told Ezvizio that if he won, he would be riding the Yamaha again.
It was a tough decision for Yamaha to make. But, Valentino was adamant. He knew that if he was going to win the Suzuka race, he would ride the factory Yamaha bike, but if he lost, then Yamaha would give the wild-card entry to the winner of the race. In the end, Yamaha won, and Valentino was forced to ride the YZR.