You ever see that film The Terminator? Where machines rise up against humanity? Check out this video from Yamaha of the latest step in the factory’s Motobot project.

The any-bike riding bolt-on robot’s team has been tasked with using the latest tech and a combination of learning AI to make a bot that can be bolted onto any bike (in this case, an R1) and lap any track as quickly, if not quicker, as Valentino Rossi manages on the same machinery.

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It’s still a fair few seconds off the pace of the nine-times world champion, but it’s a helluva lot closer than it was a few months ago.

Uh-oh…

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