Gallery: 25 striking one-off liveries in MotoGP

Motorsport.com looks back at some of the choice special liveries that adorned MotoGP's factory and satellite bikes this century so far.

Gallery: 25 striking one-off liveries in MotoGP
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Valentino Rossi, Honda - Valencia GP 2003
Valentino Rossi, Honda - Valencia GP 2003
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Already 2003 champion, Rossi ran a special paint scheme in the season finale, seeing off Sete Gibernau for his ninth win of the campaign. Hours later he confirmed he was leaving Honda.

Photo by: Richard Sloop

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - United States GP 2005
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - United States GP 2005
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Rossi and works teammate Colin Edwards ran a special yellow livery to commemorate Yamaha's 50th anniversary. Both finished on the podium, but were beaten by Nicky Hayden.

Photo by: Bob Heathcote

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - Valencia GP 2005
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - Valencia GP 2005
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Rossi and Edwards then also ran a retro Yamaha colour scheme in the 2005 finale. The Italian's weekend was compromised by a qualifying crash, but he fought through from 15th to third.

Photo by: Gauloises Fortuna Racing

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Japanese GP 2008
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Japanese GP 2008
4/25
Rookie Lorenzo's livery at Yamaha's home race referenced the popular 'Lupin the Third' manga series. He qualified on pole, but finished only fourth.

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Valencia GP 2008
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Valencia GP 2008
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Lorenzo then ran another special colour scheme in Valencia, but ended the 2008 finale a distant eighth.

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - Catalan GP 2008
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - Catalan GP 2008
6/25
A noted football fan, Rossi ran a special livery in Barcelona in 2008 to support the Italian national team in the Euros. Just like he was beaten by Dani Pedrosa in the race, Italy would crash out in the quarter-finals of the tournament in a penalty shoot-out against Spain.

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

Dani Pedrosa, Honda - Valencia GP 2008
Dani Pedrosa, Honda - Valencia GP 2008
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Pedrosa and teammate Hayden ran a livery referencing the first Repsol-backed rally cars in the 2008 finale. The Spaniard finished second.

Photo by: Red Bull GmbH and GEPA pictures GmbH

Alex Barros, Tech 3 Yamaha - Pacific GP 2003
Alex Barros, Tech 3 Yamaha - Pacific GP 2003
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The Motegi-based Pacific GP marked one of Barros' better races in 2006, as the Brazilian, recovering from injury, placed sixth.

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Marco Melandri, Tech 3 Yamaha - Portuguese GP 2004
Marco Melandri, Tech 3 Yamaha - Portuguese GP 2004
9/25
Coinciding with the release of the acclaimed Spider-Man 2, Melandri ran a new variation of the theme livery he first trialled in 250cc. His Estoril race itself, however, was more Spider-Man 3 as he crashed out.

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

John Hopkins, Suzuki - United States GP 2005
John Hopkins, Suzuki - United States GP 2005
10/25
Americans John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts Jr. contested the Laguna Seca in Red Bull colours as part of a one-off deal. Hopkins fared the better of the two, taking eighth.

Photo by: Bob Heathcote

Nicky Hayden, Ducati - Indianapolis GP 2009
Nicky Hayden, Ducati - Indianapolis GP 2009
11/25
New to Ducati's fold in 2009, Hayden traded its standard red colours for a USA-inspired livery on race day in Indianapolis - where he secured his first podium for the firm.

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

Casey Stoner, Ducati - Australian GP 2009
Casey Stoner, Ducati - Australian GP 2009
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Casey Stoner ran a similar colour scheme - but with Australian markers instead - in Phillip Island. He won the race from pole.

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Dutch TT 2011
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Dutch TT 2011
13/25
Lorenzo and Ben Spies ran an anniversary Yamaha livery at Assen and Laguna Seca in 2011. Spies won the former race.

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

Alvaro Bautista, Suzuki - San Marino GP 2011
Alvaro Bautista, Suzuki - San Marino GP 2011
14/25
Suzuki's sole full-time rider Bautista took eighth place at Misano with a chrome livery promoting a new product from title sponsor Rizla.

Photo by: Crescent Suzuki

Dani Pedrosa, Honda - Aragon GP 2011
Dani Pedrosa, Honda - Aragon GP 2011
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This special Honda livery might've divided opinion, but certainly seemed to do the trick - Stoner and Pedrosa finished 1-2 at Aragon.

Photo by: Repsol Media

Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, Suzuki - German GP 2015
Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, Suzuki - German GP 2015
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Suzuki's special livery for Sachsenring and Indianapolis in 2015 referenced its successful GSX-R sports bike, but itself scored only a handful of points.

Photo by: Suzuki MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia - Valencia GP 2017
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia - Valencia GP 2017
17/25
Aprilia is making a tradition of running AIDS charity (RED)'s colours in the season finale, having done it over the past two years.

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Ducati - Italian GP 2018
Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Ducati - Italian GP 2018
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Pramac swapped its usual colours for a radically different Lamborghini tie-in livery in Mugello. Petrucci ran up front before fading to seventh, while Miller crashed out on the second lap.

Photo by: Pramac Racing

Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, Yamaha - Dutch TT 2007
Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, Yamaha - Dutch TT 2007
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The Yamaha pair ran title sponsor FIAT-inspired colours at Assen in 2007. Rossi won the race.

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - Indianapolis GP 2010
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha - Indianapolis GP 2010
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This livery carrying photos of 500 Yamaha fans debuted in Laguna Seca, where Rossi's teammate Lorenzo bagged the win.

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Portuguese GP 2009
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - Portuguese GP 2009
21/25
Another FIAT-inspired paint scheme, inspired by the Punto Evo car, took Lorenzo to victory in Estoril.

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - San Marino GP 2012
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - San Marino GP 2012
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The three-time champion has a knack for taking the chequered flag with one-off paint schemes. The 'Race-Blu' won with Lorenzo in Misano in 2012.

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

Colin Edwards, Yamaha - United States GP 2006
Colin Edwards, Yamaha - United States GP 2006
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Edwards' Yamaha bike retained the Camel yellow for his home round in 2006, but the forbidden tobacco branding itself was replaced by a 'Stars and Stripes' motif.

Photo by: Todd Corzett

Colin Edwards, Yamaha - United States GP 2007
Colin Edwards, Yamaha - United States GP 2007
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Edwards' 2007 home race bike likewise carried American colours, but having taken eighth the year before he could do no better than 11th this time.

Photo by: Chris Sedgwick

Loris Capirossi, Ducati - Italian GP 2006
Loris Capirossi, Ducati - Italian GP 2006
25/25
Ducati pair Gibernau and Capirossi ran Italy colours in Mugello in 2006 after qualifying 1-2. But Rossi ultimately denied the italian manufacturer on race day.

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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