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Valentino Rossi

Motorcycle Racer
Born Feb 16, 1979

Valentino Rossi, is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name – seven of which are in the premier class. Following his father, Graziano Rossi, Valentino started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Valentino Rossi.


1979 Birth Born on February 16, 1979.


1990 - 1993 3 More Events
1994 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Aprilia by way of Peppino Sandroni, used Rossi to improve its RS125R and in turn allowed him to learn how to handle the fast new pace of 125 cc racing.
1996 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his father, Graziano Rossi, Valentino started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year.
1997 18 Years Old Despite this, in August he won his first World Championship Grand Prix at Brno in the Czech Republic on an AGV Aprilia RS125R. He finished the season in ninth position and proceeded to dominate the 125 cc World Championship in the following 1997 season, winning 11 of the 15 races.
1998 19 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1998, the Aprilia RS250 was reaching its pinnacle and had a team of riders in Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Tetsuya Harada.


From there, he moved up to the 250cc category with Aprilia and won the 250cc World Championship in 1999.
2000 21 Years Old 1 More Event
After graduating to the premier class in 2000, he won the 500cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 titles after leaving Honda to join Yamaha, before regaining the title in 2008 and retaining it in 2009. … Read More
2001 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Rossi won his first 500 cc World Championship in 2001 (winning 11 races) in the final year of that class and collected 325 points, 106 points ahead of Biaggi, who became Rossi's main rival during the season. … Read More
2003 24 Years Old 1 More Event
2003 It was more of the same in 2003 for Rossi's rivals when he claimed nine pole positions as well as nine GP wins to claim his third consecutive World Championship and clinched the title in Malaysia. … Read More
2004 25 Years Old …  Initially they were quite friendly in the paddock and off – Gibernau partied on occasions with Rossi at the Italian's Ibiza villa – but a souring in their relationship began in the 2004 season and culminated in the "Qatar Incident" that same season when Rossi's team was penalized for "cleaning" his grid position to aid in traction, along with Honda Pons' Max Biaggi, and both riders were subsequently forced to start from the back of the grid. … Read More
2005 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In his 2005 autobiography, What If I'd Never Tried It?, Rossi offers another reason for choosing Yamaha over Ducati, saying that the mindset at Ducati Corse was a little too similar to the one he was trying to escape from at Honda. … Read More
2006 27 Years Old 1 More Event
2006 The 2006 MotoGP season started off with Rossi, once again, being the favorite to take the Championship, but he had trouble in the first half of the season, including mechanical failures at Shanghai and Le Mans. … Read More
2007 Rossi returned to MotoGP for the 2007 season riding the new Yamaha YZR-M1 800 cc. … Read More


2009 The 2009 season saw Rossi win six races to win his ninth championship title, beating his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo into second place by 45 points.He clinched the title at Sepang in wet conditions.
The 2010 season began with Rossi topping most of all pre-season testing sessions and took victory in the first race of the season in Qatar, after early leader Casey Stoner crashed out. … Read More
2013 - 2014 2 More Events
2015 Rossi started the 2015 season – his 20th at World Championship level – by taking victory in the opening race in Qatar; it was his first win in a season-opening race since 2010. … Read More
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