The livery is inspired by Fiat's famous '500' and celebrates the forthcoming re-launch of the iconic car on 4th July, exactly 50 years after it was first launched in 1957. The design is inspired by the art and discography of the era, including Elvis Presley and Italy's Rita Pavone.

The colours made a promising debut with former five times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi second and Texan team-mate Colin Edwards fourth in this morning's first practice, then fourth and seventh in the afternoon.

"I really like my new livery, it's fun and different and the colours especially are something you don't usually see on the racetrack!" said Rossi. "The Fiat 500 is a famous Italian icon so it's good to be able to celebrate the new version of the car in this way."

"The livery's pretty cool, it's fun to have something different and I've had some good comments from the rest of the riders," claimed Edwards. "I'm not sure I could handle the pink every week but as a one-off special it's great!"