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Valentino Rossi

Who is the most popular MotoGP racer - the most popularmotorcycle racer in the world? Valentino Rossi.


Valentino Rossi
Rider: Valentino Rossi
Nickname: The Doctor, Rossifumi, Valentinik, King of Mugello
Born: February 16, 1979 in Urbino, Italy Nationality: Italian
Team: Yamaha Factory Racing
Machine:Yamaha YZR-M1 (#46)
Valentino Rossi is a legend in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Fans around the globe cheer for the charismatic Italian and he responds with flamboyant post-race celebrations and a riding style that always attracts attention. The Doctor became a Champion of all three GP series, 125, 250, as well as the final year of classic 500cc racing. Rossi joined Mike Hailwood and Phil Read as the only men to have accomplished this task.

Valentino has been going by the motto of "one year to learn, one year to win" throughout his GP career. Rossi began racing GP in the 125 class in 1996. The following year he became the youngest ever GP champion at age 16, winning 11 rounds along the way. He was moved up to the 250 class in 1998 where he finished second with five wins. In 1999 he once again become a champion (the youngest 250 champ to date), dominating the series with nine victories. Next up: 500GP aboard the venerable Honda NSR. In 2000 young Rossi finished behind Kenny Roberts Jr. and returned in 2001 with a mission: to become a 500 GP champion. He did just that. After a year-long battle with rival, Max Biaggi, he wrapped up the championship with 11 victories and established himself as one of the greatest GP racers of all time.

Rossi celebrated his 22nd straight podium finish after taking what looks like his last victory for Honda.
Honda signed Rossi to move up to the 500cc class and he didn't dissapoint as he delivered four championships for the brand.
After his first title in the premier class, Rossi rattled off four more with five straight wins from 2001-2005. During that five-year span, The Doctor’s position as GP champion was challenged but never bested by his lead rivals: Max Biaggi and Sete Gibernau. Rossi also made an unexpected move during that timespan, switching from the long dominant Honda to Yamaha, which he promptly developed into a title-winning machine.

The most dominating rider in the modern era, the unthinkable happened when Rossi lost his title to Nicky Hayden in 2006. Rossi's failure came when he crashed during the season finale at Valencia, losing his points lead to Hayden. Sporting the Excalibur motif on his 2007 preseason factory Yamaha, the unspoken message from Rossi was loud and clear: The once and future king is dead set on recovering his crown. The Doctor fell short in 2007, however, losing his supremacy to Ducati's Casey Stoner and finishing the season third in the championship.

Injured Valentino Rossi being taken away from the Mugello circuit where he broke his leg.
In 2010 Rossi suffered a broken
leg which eradicated his hopes
of winning the MotoGP title for
the third year in a row.
In 2008 Rossi took Fiat Yamaha and switched to Bridgestone rubber, the same slicks as Stoner. The result was a return to form and a dominating season from Rossi, with another MotoGP crown. The following year Rossi repeated the feat, scoring yet another world title. The Doctor had to work for it, however, with his greatest competition coming from across the garage in teammate, Jorge Lorenzo.

2010 proved a difficult year for Rossi. While Lorenzo was on a powerful winning streak, Rossi suffered a broken leg during a practice crash at Mugello. The incident left The Doctor on the injured list for multiple rounds, and when he returned Lorenzo had a sizeable lead in the championship. Rossi eventually finished third in the '10 season behind Lorenzo and Stoner.

In a much anticipated move Rossi severed his long relationship with Yamaha to sign with Ducati for 2011, and there the Italian will seek his eighth MotoGP title.

Rossi’s stint with the Italian manufacturer didn’t live up to expectations. In 2011 the Doctor only made the podium once, scoring a third-place finish at Le Mans. He finished inside the top-10 through the majority of the rounds, but struggled throughout the season to find a set-up that worked for
Valentino Rossi says goodbye to Ducati and hello to Yamaha at Valencia.
2011 saw Rossi move to Ducati to turn the Italian brand back in to a title contender. Plans fell short with Vale getting only three podiums in two years.
him. He managed to take seventh in the championship, tied mathematically with the late Marco Simoncelli.

The 2012 season wasn’t much better for Rossi, except that he was able to take two podiums during the season, one again at Le Mans and the other at Misano. In both cases The Doctor finished in second-place and by the end of the season he’d moved into sixth overall. Right to end of the 2012 campaign Rossi worked to find a bike configuration that would solve the power delivery and grip issues on the Desmosedici, but to no avail. Rumors swirled mid-season that he would end his contract with Ducati at the end of 2012, and by August of that year the rumors had been confirmed. Rossi signed to ride with his former team, Yamaha Factory Racing, once again alongside Jorge Lorenzo.

Rossi’s move back to Yamaha paid off in the first race of the 2013 season at Qatar, where he finished in second-place. After that, however, the Doctor struggled to keep pace with the front-runners earning a string of results ranging from fourth at Jerez to a 12th at Le Mans. The Yamaha ace broke through in Round 7 at Assen though, making his way to the top-step for the first time
Assen TT GP podium with Valentino Rossi (center) in first.
The Doctor gave his loyal fans the show they've been waiting over two years for, earning the win at Assen.
since 2010. He followed that up with two third-place results in as many races and then maintained results within the top-six through the remainder of the season. In total Rossi earned six podiums and finished fourth in the series.

In the days leading up to the finale at Valencia, Rossi announced he would break ties with long-time Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess. Rossi hired on Silvano Galbusera as his new Crew Chief for 2014 and explained his decision, which came as a surprise to many, as an effort to reinvigorate his race program with “something different.”

Rossi remains with Yamaha with teammate Jorge Lorenzo in 2014.

Valentino Rossi Racing Career
2013 - 4th MotoGP - Yamaha
2012 - 6th MotoGP - Ducati
2011 - 7th MotoGP - Ducati
2010 - 3rd MotoGP - Yamaha
2009 - 1st MotoGP - Yamaha
2008 - 1st MotoGP - Yamaha
2007 - 3rd MotoGP - Yamaha
2006 - 2nd MotoGP - Yamaha
2005 - 1st MotoGP - Yamaha
2004 - 1st MotoGP - Yamaha
2003 - 1st MotoGP - Honda
2002 - 1st MotoGP - Honda
2001 - 1st 500 MotoGP - Honda
2001 - 1st 8 Hours of Suzuka - Honda
2000 - 2nd 500 MotoGP - Honda
1999 - 1st 250 MotoGP - Aprilia
1998 - 2nd 250 MotoGP - Aprilia
1997 - 1st 125 MotoGP - Aprilia
1996 - 9th 125 MotoGP - Aprilia
1995 - 3rd European 250 Series - Sandroni
1995 - 1st Italian 125 Sports Production - Sandroni
1994 - 1st Italian 125 Sports Production - Sandroni

Valentino Rossi Articles
Valentino Rossi Update Following Aragon Crash
Monday, September 29, 2014
Following a crash which left him unconscious during the 2014 Grand Prix at Aragon, Valentino Rossi provides an update on his condition.
AGV Rossi-Replica Double Face Helmet
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
AGV now offers a Valentino Rossi replica Pista GP helmet to match the one worn by the Doctor during winter testing at Sepang.
Rossi Extends Yamaha Contract through 2016
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Valentino Rossi has reached a two-year contract extension deal with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, and will compete in the premier motorcycle racing series through 2016.
Rossis ThisForSic58 Suit Up for Auction
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Dainese D-Air Racing suit worn by Valentino Rossi at Mugello in 2014, emblazoned with #ThisForSic58, is going up for auction on Ebay.
Valentino Rossis Whirlwind Day in Brazil
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Valentino Rossi made his one-day promotional stop in Brazil count, with numerous interviews, meet & greets and even some track time.
Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Livery 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Yamaha Factory Racing broke cover on the YZR-M1's 2014 MotoGP livery during the 3S Dealer meeting in Indonesia.
Galbusera to be Rossis Crew Chief in 2014
Monday, November 11, 2013
Silvano Galbusera will step in for the outgoing Jeremy Burgess as Valentino Rossi's Crew Chief for the 2014 MotoGP season.
STM: How Long is Rossi for MotoGP
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Our man Melling keeps up the paddock chatter with his aged GP groupies – with his insiders hinting that The Doctor may be out sooner rather than later – and Crutchlow on a Suzuki? Frank gets us up to speed in this Single Track Mind update.
Rossi Carjacks Kyle Buschs NASCAR Camry
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Valentino Rossi headed to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina to turn some laps in Kyle Busch's NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry.
Yamaha Factory Racing 2013 Livery Revealed
Friday, March 22, 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP launched their 2013 livery at the Jerez de La Frontera Circuit in Spain. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were on hand to answer questions about the upcoming season.
Rossi Brings Touch of MotoGP Magic to Brazil
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Valentino Rossi brings a touch of MotoGP magic to Brazil.
Exclusive Video of Rossi in 2012 Monza Rally
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Oakley provided Motorcycle USA with this exclusive video of Valentino Rossi in action during his winning campaign in the 2012 Monza Rally.
Valentino Rossi Critical of Marc Marquez
Monday, November 12, 2012
Having not yet turned a lap amongst his future MotoGP peers, Moto 2 champ Marc Marquez is already getting critiqued by them for his aggressive style.
Rossis Ducati Farewell Suitably Disappointing
Monday, November 12, 2012
His last hurrah on the Ducati Desmosedici proved typically dismal for the MotoGP GOAT, as Valentino Rossi gets lapped at Valencia.
Rossi   Hayden on Preziosis Future
Monday, November 12, 2012
Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden respond to rumors of Ducati boss Filippo Preziosi’s tenuous future with the Italian marque.
Valentino Rossi Outpaced at Phillip Island
Monday, October 29, 2012
The season finale at Valencia can’t come soon enough for Valentino Rossi, who’s Ducati disappointment continues at Phillip Island with another lackluster finish.
Valentino Rossi Backs Sepang Stoppage
Monday, October 22, 2012
Valentino Rossi comments on the decision of Race Direction to stop the Malaysian Grand Prix owing to monsoon conditions. Yamaha also confirms The Doctor’s return to the M1 will include his long-time crew.
Ezpeleta   Rossi on Proposed Rules
Monday, October 22, 2012
MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta continues to press his case for comprehensive MotoGP rules changes, with Valentino Rossi commenting on the need to differentiate MotoGP from WSB.
Motegi Seventh Best Possible Says Rossi
Monday, October 15, 2012
The disappointing lame duck rounds for Valentino Rossi continue, with The Doctor admitting seventh was his best possible result at Motegi.
Valentino Rossi Rues First Lap Error at Aragon
Monday, October 01, 2012
Valentino Rossi’s Ducati disappointment continues, with The Doctor’s chances at Aragon spoiled by a first-lap mistake that forced him to climb back from dead last.
Rossi and Bautista Remember Simoncelli
Monday, September 17, 2012
Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista dedicated their brilliant podium finishes in the Misano Grand Prix to late Italian star Marco Simoncelli.
Valentino Rossi Completes Misano Testing
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Valentino Rossi finished a two-day test at Misano, and Nicky Hayden checked in reporting that his recovery is proceeding according to plan.
Lorenzo Remains Favorite  Says Rossi
Monday, August 27, 2012
Despite losing ground to Dani Pedrosa, Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo remains the title favorite – at least by the reckoning of nine-time world champion and Lorenzo’s one and future factory teammate Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi Signs with Yamaha
Friday, August 10, 2012
Valentino Rossi has officially signed on to ride for Yamaha Factory Racing in 2013 and 2014.
Valentino Rossi to Leave Ducati for Yamaha
Friday, August 03, 2012
Seven-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi, is said to be only days away from announcing his return to the Yamaha MotoGP team for the 2013 motorcycle racing season.
Rossi on Mugello Result and Ducati Future
Monday, July 16, 2012
Valentino Rossi recorded one of his more impressive results with Ducati with a fifth-place finish at Mugello, but The Doctor’s future is far from certain.
Rossi Satisfied with Sachsenring Sixth
Monday, July 09, 2012
Amidst rumors of his future with Ducati, Valentino Rossi claims to be satisfied with its best dry result of the year at Sachsenring – a sixth-place finish.
Tire Woes Hamper Rossi at Assen TT
Monday, July 02, 2012
Tire woes spoiled Valentino Rossi’s race at the Dutch TT, but the misfortune at Assen doesn’t remedy the Ducati’s troubles – with The Doctor demanding a clear development plan from Ducati.
Rossi Back to Reality at Dry Catalunya
Monday, June 04, 2012
Valentino Rossi couldn’t repeat his wet-weather Le Mans results at the dry Catalunya GP, with the Ducati rider finishing seventh at the Spanish circuit.
Rossi MotoGP Plans   Le Mans Podium
Monday, May 21, 2012
The rain at Le Mans allowed Valentino Rossi to mark his best-ever result with Ducati, The Doctor also alleviating worries of his early departure from MotoGP by committing to race through the 2014 season.
Valentino Rossi Races Ferrari at Monza
Monday, April 16, 2012
Amidst turmoil surrounding Valentino Rossi’s two-wheeled MotoGP racing endeavor with Ducati, The Doctor races a Ferrari in the Blancpain Endurance Series season opener at Monza.
Valentino Rossi Vents Qatar Frustration
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Valentino Rossi’s already tense relationship with Ducati threatens to boil over after The Doctor vents his frustration after Qatar.
Valentinos Eye - A Limited Edition Piece
Friday, December 02, 2011
The limited edition of Valentino Rossi's helmet with the big eye looking onto the world, worn by the many times Italian champion for the Mugello MotoGP 2011, is now available in the shops.
Rossi Talks About Simoncelli Crash
Monday, November 07, 2011
Ducati's Valentino Rossi recounts the details of the fatal crash that claimed the life of Italian Marco Simoncelli at the Malaysian GP.
Stoner and Rossi Critical of Marquez Incident
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
MotoGP’s most decorated active riders, Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, weigh in on the actions of rising Moto2 star, Marc Marquez, and his alarming qualifying collision at Phillip Island.
More Frustration for Rossi at Phillip Island
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Phillip Island sees Rossi once again befuddled by a front end crash. Meanwhile, Hayden is optimistic about his aluminum frame debut and Aspar confirms its split with Ducati.
Injured Rossi Sits Out Jerez GP12 Test
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
A left pinky injury to Valentino Rossi will see The Doctor sit out the planned test on the GP12 at Jerez, with teammate Nicky Hayden filling in.
Rossi Criticizes MotoGP Test Restriction
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Valentino Rossi has come out against recent testing restrictions in the MotoGP series which have drastically reduced the number of winter tests.
Rossi at Misano: Seventh Best I Can Do
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Valentino Rossi’s rocky debut season with Ducati continues at Misano, with The Doctor unable to pull out any miracles in front of his home crowd.
Rossi Encouraged by Progress at Brno
Monday, August 15, 2011
Valentino Rossi dispels the rumor he's looking for a ride with Honda in 2012 while rivals voice their surprise over his lack of results with Ducati.
Rossi Rides 1198 at Silverstone Wing Opening
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Valentino Rossi joined other great motorsports champions from the past and present in an inauguration ceremony for a new, ultramodern paddock structure at England’s Silverstone Circuit.
GP Insider: Rossi on Le Mans Podium
Monday, May 16, 2011
He may have been helped by the Simoncelli/Pedrosa incident at Le Mans, but Valentino Rossi revels in his first Ducati podium.
Rossi Tests 1000cc GP12 at Jerez
Friday, April 08, 2011
Valentino Rossi completed his first laps aboard Ducati's new GP12 at the Jerez circuit on Friday.
Ducati Reveals Rossi-Themed Monsters
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Ducati starts cashing in on its biggest off-season acquisition, revealing the first Ducati models to be branded by The Doctor, Valentino Rossi.
Rossi and Hayden Talk at Ducatis Wrooom 11
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Valentino Rossi made his first official public appearance in Ducati Red alongside his MotoGP teammate Nicky Hayden at the 2011 Wrooom Press Conference.
Valentino Rossi Undergoes Shoulder Operation
Monday, November 15, 2010
Valentino Rossi recently underwent an operation to fix joint damage to his shoulder, and now faces a lengthy recovery period.
Valentino Rossi Makes Debut on Ducati
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
In his official debut on the Ducati Desmosedici Valentino Rossi earns 10th on the timesheets during Day 1 of the Valencia test.
Lorenzo vs. Rossi: Rivalry Escalates
Friday, October 08, 2010
Jorge Lorenzo is days away from winning the MotoGP crown, yet the paddock buzzes as usual around Valentino Rossi as the duo’s rivalry escalates.
Valentino Rossi Signs with Ducati for 2011
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Ducati Marlboro and Valentino Rossi have signed a two-year agreement with each other for the 2011 MotoGP season.
Yamaha and Valentino Rossi Part Ways in 2011
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Yamaha has officially announced that Valentino Rossi will not be returning to the team in 2011, and that their partnership will end at the close of the season.
Fiat Yamaha Laguna Seca Livery
Friday, July 23, 2010
Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were both present to celebrate the release of the Fiat 500 car in the United States.
Rossi Officially Racing Sachsenring
Thursday, July 15, 2010
It was announced today that doctors have officially cleared Valentino Rossi to race the German Grand Prix this weekend in Sachsenring, only six weeks after his injury in Mugello.
Valentino Rossi Says Hell Race at Sachsenring
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Defending MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi announced his intentions to compete in the German MotoGP round at Sachsenring pending clearance by the Chief Medical Officer.
Valentino Rossi Completes Brno Testing
Monday, July 12, 2010
MotoGP Champ Valentino Rossi tests in Brno in preparation for his return to MotoGP competition.
Valentino Rossi Completes Misano Testing
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Injured MotoGP star Valentino Rossi gets his broken leg bag on a motorcycle with the reigning champ eyeing an early comeback at positive testing at Misano.
Valentino Rossi to Test Ride in Misano Today
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Defending MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi, will ride a Yamaha YZF-R1 at Misano today in a private test to gauge how well his recovery from a broken leg is coming along.
Replacing Rossi Drama - MotoGP Insider
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Yamaha had plenty of talented riders in its own stables to take the reigns of Valentino Rossi’s coveted factory ride, but they chose a 41-year-old test rider. Why?
Rossi MotoGP Seat Filled by Test Rider
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Test rider Wataru Yoshikawa will fill in for the injured Valentino Rossi, contrary to rumors placing former Fiat Yamaha, current Tech 3, rider Colin Edwards on the seat.
Yamaha and Rossi Talk About Accident
Friday, June 11, 2010
Valentino Rossi along with Fiat Yamaha discuss what happened at Mugello as well as his future plans for recovery.
Rossis Surgery a Success
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Valentino Rossi underwent a successful operation on Saturday afternoon to treat his fractured tibia which he sustained during an early practice on Saturday.
Rossi and Lorenzo Visit Indonesia
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo paid a visit to Indonesia to promote a new sponsor to the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP Team.
Rossi   Lorenzo Visit Thailand Yamaha Motor
Monday, February 08, 2010
The Fiat Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo make an appearance at Yamaha Thailand Motor.
MotoGP Champ Rossi Pays 1st Visit to India
Monday, January 11, 2010
MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi made his first trip to India this past weekend, talking to Yamaha execs and entertaining members of the media at the 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Rossi   Lorenzo to Test D-Air at Donington
Friday, July 24, 2009
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will use the Dainese airbag (D-Air) for the first time during competition at the MotoGP race in Donington to confirm the protective system’s validity.
Rossi Woos Paris Ahead of Le Mans
Friday, May 15, 2009
Valentino Rossi hit some of the tourist hot-spots in Paris ahead of the Le Mans MotoGP, where he will be riding for his 99th career victory.
Valentino Rossi to Attend Isle of Man TT
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Eight-time MotoGP world champion, Valentino Rossi, has confirmed today that he will make his first visit to the world-famous Isle of Man TT races in June this year with Dainese.
Valentino Rossi turns 30
Monday, February 16, 2009
Valentino Rossi turns 30 today, February 16th 2009. The Fiat Yamaha rider has had an immensely successful career to date, winning eight world championships, 97 races and becoming the most successful premier-class rider of all time.
Rossi Receives Stitches To Hand And Foot
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Valentino Rossi has received stitches to his left hand and left foot, after a slight accident at his home. Rossi will fly out to Malaysia where he will try to give 100% at the first test of the season.
2009 YZR-M1 Debuts  Rossi Interviews
Monday, February 02, 2009
Fiat Yamaha debuted the 2009 YZR-M1 and Valentino Rossi talked about the upcoming season today as the team has its sights on defending its MotoGP crown in 2009.
2009 YZR-M1 to be Unveiled Monday
Friday, January 30, 2009
Yamaha is delighted to invite you to a very special virtual event. Witness the exclusive unveiling of the 2009 Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1 livery by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossis Monster Deal
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
MotoGP star and reigning champion, Valentino Rossi, has inked a 2.5 million Euro sponsorship deal with Monster Energy.
Rossi and Bayliss Duel in the Desert
Thursday, December 18, 2008
SPEEDtv.com's Dennis Noyes is reporting that the Duel in the Desert will take place, with Rossi taking a one-off ride in SBK and Bayliss coming out of retirement
Rossi Finishes Jerez Test on Top
Friday, November 28, 2008
Valentino Rossi finishes the Jerez test on top of the charts.
MotoGP Analysis: Rossis Problems
Monday, March 19, 2007
Who saw this one coming? Instead of the anticipated Yamaha-Honda battle between Rossi and Hayden, the winner at Qatar was 21-year-old Australian Casey Stoner!
2006 Riding Rossis Yamaha M1
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Motorcycle-USA hits the track on Rossi's 2005 MotoGP championship winning Yamaha M1!
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Valentino Rossi Career Stats
Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi - Statistics:
Rossi has matched Mike Hailwood and Carlo Ubbiali with nine titles in all classes. Only Agostini (with 15) has more.

Rossi's win in Assen in 2009 made him only the second rider in history to take 100 wins in all classes. Rossi currently has 103, 19 less than Agostini's all-time record of 122.

Valentino Rossi already holds the all-time premier class victories record, having beaten Agostini's tally at Indianapolis in 2008. Rossi now holds a premier-class win tally of 77.

Rossi's win at Brno in 2009 saw him take the all-time podium record with his 160th podium in all classes. He is also the only rider to have stood on the podium in the premier-class more than 100 times. 
With 44 wins from 102 races since he joined the Yamaha Factory Team in 2004, Rossi is the most successful Yamaha rider of all time. He has 21 more wins than Kenny Roberts, Yamaha's next most successful rider.

Valentino Rossi has won more titles for Yamaha than for any of the other manufacturers he has ridden for in his career.

He is the only rider in history to have won at least one GP in 14 successive seasons.

Other Rossi Stats:

In 1997 Rossi became the second youngest ever 125cc World Champion after scoring 321 points and eleven wins.

Two years later, he became the youngest ever 250cc World Champion with nine wins.

In 2001 Valentino Rossi joined Phil Read as one of only two riders ever to win the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc titles.

Rossi's debut victory for Yamaha at the opening race of 2004 in South Africa made him the first rider in history to take back-to-back wins for different manufacturers.

After winning the MotoGP World Championship three times with Honda, Rossi took his fourth premier-class title with Yamaha in 2004 and became the only rider other than Eddie Lawson to win consecutive premier-class titles for different manufacturers.

Valentino Rossi remains the only rider to win the premier-class title on four different types of motorcycle: 500cc 4-cylinder two-stroke, 990cc 5-cylinder four-stroke, Yamaha 990cc 4-cylinder four-stroke and a Yamaha 800cc 4-cylinder four-stroke.

Rossi has never missed a GP since his 125cc debut in 1996. He has started 226 successive races in all classes, 166 of which have been in the premier class. Both of these are records.