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 - 2004 5 More Events
2005 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In his 2005 autobiography, What If I'd Never Tried It?, Rossi offered 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 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 season, riding the new Yamaha YZR-M1 800 cc. … Read More


2009 The season saw Rossi win six races to win his ninth championship title, beating his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo into second place by 45 points, clinching the title at Sepang in wet conditions.
2010 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
2012 33 Years Old 1 More Event
2012 Rossi started the season slowly with a tenth place in Qatar, ninth at Jerez and seventh in Portugal, At Le Mans he scored his first podium of the season; he was involved in a fight for third position from the early stages of the race with Tech 3 pairing Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, but both riders hit trouble and left Rossi on his own. … Read More
2013 34 Years Old 1 More Event
However, rain prevented him from posting an accurate lap time, until he next tested the 2013 machine over 5–7 February 2013, in Sepang, where he posted a 3rd fastest time of 2:00.542 out of 28 riders, clocking .442 seconds from pace setter Dani Pedrosa; and just .113 seconds off team mate Jorge Lorenzo. … Read More
2014 At the end of the 2013 season, Rossi announced the conclusion of his long collaboration with crew chief Jeremy Burgess, who was replaced by Silvano Galbusera, the former crew chief of Marco Melandri in the Superbike World Championship. … Read More
Rossi came close to winning the 2015 title after several years out of contention, leading the championship for most of the season, only to lose out in the final round to fellow Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. … Read More
However, the controversial rivalries between Rossi and Márquez appeared to come to an end at the 2016 Catalan Grand Prix, when Rossi started a handshake with Márquez at the parc ferme. … Read More
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