With the MotoGP now on a 5-week-long summer break after the Assen GP I’ll be looking at some of the best bike designs from a graphic designers point of view, mainly in regards to use of colour. Enjoy 😁
5. Iker Lecuona 🇪🇸
The classic KTM colour scheme, with the orange and black, and the design of Lecuona’s no. 27 really work well together! The two colours contrast each other extremely well and the sparkling clean effect on the no. 27 is very well done. I find it strange how KTM didn’t save this design for the factory bikes and gave it to the satellite team but a good job all round. I would rate this design a solid 7/10!
4. Fabio Quartararo 🇫🇷
The factory Yamaha team have partnered with Monster Energy to create the best looking bike the factory team have had in years, maybe since Valentino Rossi’s GO!!!!!!! Yamaha back in 2004. Its a bit strange seeing a red no.20 on this bike instead of a yellow no.46 but the graphics team at Yamaha have really made this work by adding two little horns at each side of the no.20 to symbolise Quartararo’s nickname ‘EL Diablo’ (translated to: The Devil) which can be seen on the back of his seat in his colour scheme. Solid 8/10 from Yamaha here.
3. Pol Espargaro 🇪🇸
The Repsol Honda livery has been pretty much the same since they started partnering with the factory Honda team in MotoGP, that doesn’t mean it isn’t iconic to every MotoGP fan around! The reason I’ve chosen Pol Espargaro’s Honda instead of Marc Marquez’s Honda is simply down to the design of the number. The no.44 looks as if it has been made out of rocks and the colour chosen for the number perfectly suits the colour scheme of the bike! Another 8/10 here.
2. Joan Mir 🇪🇸
A bike design fit for the 2020 world champion. ‘The Suzuki really looks like a motorcycle.’ – Keith Huewen, BT Sport. Electric blue and yellow works so well together and I love the way they have added the yellow ring around the tires to compliment the yellow no.36. The reason that Mir is here and not his teammate Alex Rins is simply just because the yellow no.36 suits the bike much more than Rins’ red no.42. This is a side note not really related to the bike design but can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this may be one of the nicest helmets I’ve ever seen. 9/10 easily.
1. Valentino Rossi 🇮🇹
If you’ve been following MotoGP for a long time then you’re not really surprised by this, if Valentino isn’t 1st on most lists related to MotoGP then that list is probably wrong. When Rossi announced he was leaving the factory Yamaha team for the Petronas SRT I was straight away trying to imagine how the bike would look and the graphic designers at Yamaha, once again, did not disappoint. It’s an absolute beauty of a bike, something like this deserves to only be ridden by the G.O.A.T (Sorry Marquez fans, its true). I would have never imagined that Yellow and Turquoise could work so well together. 10/10.
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