Motobot is an autonomous motorcycle-riding robot that combines the latest in motorcycle and robotics technology, and is helping pioneer previously unexplored realms of motorcycle R&D.

Focusing on operation of the machine from a rider’s standpoint without making any fundamental modifications to the motorcycle itself, MOTOBOT is now capable of riding at high speeds around a racetrack.

The project goals set for 2017 were to clear the milestone of hitting over 200 kilometers per hour on a racetrack and to challenge MotoGP star Valentino Rossi to a battle of lap times.

The complex underlying technologies and knowledge gained from the MOTOBOT project will be applied toward creating new value in our existing businesses as well as toward pioneering new businesses.

But what everybody wants to know is, can MOTOBOT beat Rossi? Yamaha Motor Company believe anything is possible, but what do you believe? Want to have your say?

Head to Yamaha Motor's microsite, "WHO'S FASTER - MOTOBOT vs ROSSI". Results of the lap-times between MOTOBOT and Rossi will be released the on opening day of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show,  Wednesday 25th October.