Valentino Rossi
motorcycle racer
Valentino Rossi
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.
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Motorcycling-British first as Crutchlow holds off Rossi in Australia
Yahoo News - 4 months
Cal Crutchlow comfortably held off Valentino Rossi over 18 laps at Phillip Island on Sunday to claim his second career MotoGP victory and become the first British winner of the Australian Grand Prix. The 30-year-old, whose victory at Brno in August was the first in the premier class of grand prix racing for a British rider in 35 years, took full advantage after world champion Marc Marquez crashed out while leading the race. The LCR Honda rider held his nerve despite being chased by six-times world champion Rossi and crossed the line in 40 minutes, 48.543 seconds.
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Moto - Marquez tops practice times in Australia
Yahoo News - 4 months
- Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez posted the fastest lap time in practice ahead of qualifying for the Australian MotoGP on Saturday. The Spaniard zipped around the sweeping Phillip Island circuit on his Honda in a best time of one minute 33.155 seconds. Next quickest was Australian Jack Miller but it was a troubled third practice for the Yamaha duo, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, both vying to finish second in this year's world championship. Rossi, the seven-time world champion, was 12th, while Lorenzo struggled in 21st spot.
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Motorcycling-Marquez wins third MotoGP title after Motegi drama
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* Spaniard becomes youngest rider to win three MotoGP titles * Rossi and Lorenzo crash out (Adds quotes and details) Oct 16 (Reuters) - Honda rider Marc Marquez secured his third MotoGP championship in four years on Sunday by winning the Japanese Grand Prix after his nearest rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both crashed out. The 23-year-old Spaniard had only an outside chance to seal the title but his win at Motegi gave him an unassailable 77-point lead over Italian Rossi, who started on pole but slid into the gravel early. "Every year is really hard and you always give your maximum... but this year, the pressure I felt, especially in the beginning of the season, was really really high," Marquez told reporters.
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MotoGP - Marquez gets first shot at title in Japan
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- Honda's Marc Marquez gets his first chance to seal this year's MotoGP world championship on Sunday in Japan. The two-time world champion from Spain has built a 52-point gap over his closest rival Valentino Rossi, and would claim the season trophy if he wins and if the Italian legend finishes 15th or lower on his Yamaha and his third-placed teammate Jorge Lorenzo is fourth or worse. But Marquez has never won at the Motegi circuit, known for its hard braking and acceleration. ...
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Motorcycling-Marquez wins in Aragon to move closer to third title
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* Marquez goes 52 points clear in standings * Spaniard takes fourth win of season * Lorenzo second, Rossi third (Adds quotes, details) MADRID, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Honda's Marc Marquez ended MotoGP's streak of eight different winners and moved a big step closer to taking his third world title with victory at Spain's MotorLand Aragon circuit on Sunday. The Spaniard, who now has a 52-point advantage over Yamaha's Italian Valentino Rossi with four races remaining, started on pole but almost fell on the third lap before coming back through the field from fifth. Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha's reigning world champion, finished second.
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Motorcycling-Motorcycling Grand Prix Aragon motogp qualification results
Yahoo News - 5 months
Sept 24 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix Aragon MotoGP Qualification on Saturday 1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1:47.117 2. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 1:47.748 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1:47.778 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1:47.819 5. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 1:47.843 6. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1:47.951 7. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1:48.017 8. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 1:48.230 9. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 1:48.236 10. Scott Redding (Britain) Ducati 1:48.242
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Motorcycling - Pedrosa edges out Marquez in Aragon
Yahoo News - 5 months
- Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa continued his fine form by beating out Honda teammate and MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez to the fastest time in practice for Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix. Pedrosa claimed his first victory of a wide-open season in San Marino two weeks ago, becoming a record eighth different winner in the last eight races in the process. The 30-year-old pipped Marquez by just 0.065sec with a best time of 1min 48.429sec in the second practice session on Friday afternoon. Britain's Cal Crutchlow was third with Marquez's closest championship rival Valentino Rossi fourth. ...
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Motorcycling-Motorcycling Grand Prix San Marino motogp results
Yahoo News - 6 months
Sept 11 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix San Marino MotoGP on Sunday 1. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 43:43.524 2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 43:46.361 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 43:47.883 4. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 43:53.093 5. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 43:58.991 6. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 44:03.200 7. Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati 44:06.460 8. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 44:10.679 9. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 44:10.726 10. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Aprilia 44:17.492 11. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 44:22.730 12. ...
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Motorcycling-Lorenzo on pole at Misano with best lap yet
Yahoo News - 6 months
MotoGP's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo hailed the best lap of his career after claiming a record pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano on Saturday. The Spaniard's Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi qualified alongside, marking his return to his home circuit in eastern Italy with a special 'Sweet Home Misano' Blues Brothers-themed helmet design. Spaniard Maverick Vinales, who is replacing Lorenzo at Yamaha next season when the champion switches to Ducati, qualified third for Suzuki after winning the previous race in Britain.
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Moto-prix - Home race Rossi pressures Marquez
Yahoo News - 6 months
- Local hero Valentino Rossi can count on partisan support at Sunday's San Marino MotoGP as the Yamaha star looks to keep chipping away at Marc Marquez's championship lead. Rossi, born in Urbino less than an hour's drive from the Misano circuit, trails Marquez by 50 points with six races remaining and is relishing his homecoming after claiming a hard-fought third place at Silverstone. "Misano will be the most special weekend of the season, because Misano is 'my race', it's my home. Usually we are quite good there, so we hope to be competitive," said the Italian. ...
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Moto-prix - Vinales wins maiden MotoGP in style
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- Spaniard Maverick Vinales rode a masterful race to secure his first ever MotoGP victory, easing to take the chequered flag in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The 21-year-old -- the 2013 Moto3 world champion -- gave Suzuki its first win in the race in this category since American Kevin Schwantz in 1994. Vinales led home Honda's Cal Crutchlow with legendary Italian Valentino Rossi third on his Yamaha. Rossi marginally reduced Marc Marquez's lead in the overall standings, the Spaniard holding a 50-point advantage over the Italian, 210 to 160.
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Motorcycling-Motorcycling Grand Prix Czech Republic motogp results
Yahoo News - 6 months
Aug 21 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix Czech Republic MotoGP on Sunday 1. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 47:44.290 2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 47:51.588 3. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 47:53.877 4. Loris Baz (France) Ducati 47:56.848 5. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 47:57.383 6. Eugene Laverty (Ireland) Ducati 47:58.102 7. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 48:07.704 8. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 48:08.852 9. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 48:08.871 10. Tito Rabat (Spain) Honda 48:21.421 11. Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 48:24.201 12. ...
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Motorcycling-Motorcycling Grand Prix Czech Republic motogp qualification results
Yahoo News - 6 months
Aug 20 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix Czech Republic MotoGP Qualification on Saturday 1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1:54.596 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1:54.849 3. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1:55.227 4. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 1:55.324 5. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 1:55.437 6. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1:55.509 7. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1:55.748 8. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 1:55.787 9. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1:55.841 10. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 1:55.930
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Motorcycling-Motorcycling Grand Prix Austria motogp results
Yahoo News - 7 months
Aug 14 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix Austria MotoGP on Sunday 1. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 39:46.255 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 39:47.193 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 39:49.644 4. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 39:50.070 5. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 39:58.068 6. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 40:00.596 7. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 40:03.318 8. Scott Redding (Britain) Ducati 40:15.692 9. Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 40:16.040 10. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 40:23.349 11. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 40:26.020 12. Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati ...
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Motorcycling-Motorcycling Grand Prix Austria motogp qualification results
Yahoo News - 7 months
Aug 13 (Gracenote) - Results from the Motorcycling Grand Prix Austria MotoGP Qualification on Saturday 1. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1:23.142 2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1:23.289 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1:23.298 4. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1:23.361 5. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1:23.475 6. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 1:23.584 7. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 1:23.597 8. Scott Redding (Britain) Ducati 1:23.777 9. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 1:23.813 10. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 1:23.822
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Valentino Rossi
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    As of the conclusion of round number 8 in Assen of the 2016 season, Valentino Rossi holds the following records:
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    In 2016, Rossi has a new jacket from Dainese.
    More Details Hide Details His jacket has a different graphic compare with Alpinestars Movistar Yamaha jacket. Rossi is very superstitious and is renowned for his pre-ride rituals. On a race day, he will always watch the beginning of the Moto3 race to see how long the starting lights remain lit before going out at the start of the race. Prior to riding (whether racing, qualifying, or practice), he will start his personal ritual by stopping about 2 metres from his bike, bending over and reaching for his boots. Then, when arriving at his bike, he will crouch down and hold the right-side foot-peg, with his head bowed. In an interview, Rossi said "It’s just a moment to focus and ‘talk’ to my bike, like moving from one place to the next." He adjusts the fit of his leathers by standing straight up on the foot-pegs, whilst riding down the pit-lane before the start of race or practice. He also revealed in an interview with MotoGP.com that he always puts one boot on before the other, one glove on before the other, and he always gets on the bike the same way. He also gets off the bike in the same way, swinging his right leg over the front of the bike.
    Rossi began the 2016 season with fourth place in Qatar, albeit just two seconds from victory. In the next race in Argentina, Rossi returned to the podium with second place behind Marc Márquez after a collision between Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso on the last lap for which Iannone was penalised. The race was split into two parts similar to the 2013 Australian Grand Prix after concerns over Michelin rear tyres forced riders into making a pitstop to change bikes, Rossi had fought with Marquez for the lead in the first half of the race but fell back to fourth on his second bike before the last lap incident between the Ducati's.
    More Details Hide Details At Austin, Rossi suffered his first DNF since the 2014 Aragon Grand Prix, bringing and end to a run of 24 consecutive top five finishes after crashing at the start of the third lap. At Jerez, Rossi led the race start-to-finish with the exception of one corner to Jorge Lorenzo after gaining his 52nd pole position, the race marked the first time in his MotoGP career that Rossi led every lap of a race from pole position. At Le Mans, Rossi started a lowly seventh on the grid but recovered in the race to finish second with the fastest lap of the race. Rossi suffered a highly disappointing engine failure in his rome race at Mugello when closely following Lorenzo for the lead after starting from pole position; it was Rossi's first technical failure since the 2007 San Marino Grand Prix. Rossi bounced back however at the Catalunya by winning from seventh on the first lap after a late race battle with Márquez. Rossi dedicated the victory to the family of former Moto2 rider Luis Salom, who had been killed following a crash in Friday practice. Assen saw disappointment for Rossi as wet conditions saw him fall from a comfortable lead in a restarted race following a red flag in torrential conditions. Assuming the lead in the second race, Rossi set the fastest lap but continued to push before crashing due to what he called a "stupid mistake". More rain at the Sachsenring saw Rossi in contention for victory again, however a late decision to change bikes in the drying conditions saw him come home 8th.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi is first in all time 500cc/MotoGP race wins standings, with 88 victories, and second in all time overall wins standings with 114 race wins, behind Giacomo Agostini with 122. Valentino Rossi was born in Urbino, Marche, and he was still a child when the family moved to Tavullia. Son of Graziano Rossi, a former motorcycle racer, he first began riding at a very young age. Rossi's first racing love was karting. Fuelled by his mother, Stefania's, concern for her son's safety, Graziano purchased a kart as substitute for the bike. However, the Rossi family trait of perpetually wanting to go faster prompted a redesign; Graziano replaced the 60cc motor with a 100cc national kart motor for his then 5-year-old son.
  • 2015
    Age 36
    At the 2015 Argentine Grand Prix, Rossi wore a replica Diego Maradona football shirt on the podium in tribute to Maradona after Rossi won the race.
    More Details Hide Details Maradona congratulated him via his Facebook. key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)
    In November 2015, Milestone S.r.l. announced Valentino Rossi: The Game, to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi tries to keep his personal life out of the public eye as much as possible, though he makes no secret of his fondness for Italian football club Internazionale. After he won world titles in 2008 and 2009, Inter congratulated him via their website.
    Rossi returned to the championship lead with his fourth victory of 2015 at Silverstone, after Márquez – who had been chasing him for the majority of the race – crashed out in wet conditions, while Lorenzo could only finish fourth.
    More Details Hide Details The podium streak of 16 races ended with a fifth-place finish at Misano, but Rossi extended his championship lead to 23 points after Lorenzo crashed out. Lorenzo won the Aragon Grand Prix with Rossi in third, to cut the gap to fourteen points with four races remaining. The pair's results were enough for the team to clinch their respective title, their first since. In Japan, Rossi extended his championship lead to eighteen with a second-place finish to Dani Pedrosa in drying conditions. Lorenzo had started on pole but faded to third with tyre issues. Lorenzo cut the lead to eleven in Australia, with a second-place finish to Rossi's fourth. Lorenzo further cut the lead to seven, after a second-place finish in Malaysia; Rossi finished third after a collision with Márquez, in which he accrued three penalty points – enough to enforce a start from the back of the grid for the final race in Valencia. Rossi made it up to fourth in the race, but with Lorenzo winning the race, Lorenzo took the championship by five points.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi held off Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso to complete his 109th Grand Prix victory, while Dovizioso's teammate Andrea Iannone finished third, completing an all-Italian podium – the first since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix. After achieving a third place behind Marc Márquez and Dovizioso in the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas, Rossi took a second victory of the season in Argentina, consolidating his championship lead, becoming the first rider to win a race using an extra-hard Bridgestone rear tyre. He recorded his eighth successive podium finish – and the 200th of his Grand Prix career – with a third place in Spain, and kept the run going with a second place in France, and a third on home soil at Mugello. Rossi finished second to Lorenzo in Catalunya, to maintain the championship lead over his team-mate by one point. Rossi took his first pole position of the season at Assen, his 61st pole position in Grand Prix racing, and achieved his third victory of the season; it was his first win the race from pole position since the 2009 San Marino Grand Prix — and his twelfth successive podium – after a race-long battle with Márquez; he also extended his championship lead to ten points over Lorenzo, who finished third. Rossi further extended his championship lead at Sachsenring with third, and continued his podium streak with third-place finishes at Indianapolis, and Brno. Lorenzo's win in Brno gave him the championship lead over Rossi, by virtue of more wins at that point.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The end of that season was marred with controversy following Rossi having a coming together on track with Marc Márquez resulting in Márquez crashing, as such Rossi was given a grid penalty for the final round, and accused Márquez of deliberately trying to harm his championship, something Márquez repeatedly denied. Feedback from riders and experts showed a generalized consensus that Márquez's manoeuvres were within the rules - with Race Director Mike Webb officially acknowledging that there was blame on both sides. Márquez's manoeuvres exasperated Rossi, prompting an illegal response, although Lorenzo eventually stated to the media he was helped by Márquez not making serious moves trying to overtake him.
  • 2014
    Age 35
    Rossi is the owner of the Sky Racing Team by VR46, which debuted in the Moto3 category of Grand Prix motorcycle racing in 2014 with riders Romano Fenati and Francesco Bagnaia.
    More Details Hide Details In 2015, Andrea Migno replaced Bagnaia. Valentino Rossi has gone through numerous helmet designs throughout his career, most featuring the Sun & Moon motif, signifying (according to Rossi) the two sides of his personality. His helmets are manufactured by AGV. The artist of Rossi's current helmet graphics is Aldo Drudi. Since commencing his Grand Prix career, Rossi has worn leathers from Dainese. In and, Alpinestars was a sponsor on his bike, but did not supply Rossi with leathers. Alpinestars just supplied racing boots for Rossi. After Rossi joined the Yamaha Factory Team, the team wore shirts from Alpinestars, while Rossi maintained his association with Dainese. In and, Rossi was a member of the Ducati factory team, where the team wore shirts from Puma, while Rossi still maintained his association with Dainese.
    Rossi took his second victory of 2014, at Phillip Island, benefitting from an accident for Márquez, while he was leading the race.
    More Details Hide Details It was Rossi's sixth win at the circuit, after five successive wins from 2001 to 2005. Rossi took his first pole position since the 2010 French Grand Prix in Valencia, his 60th pole position in Grand Prix racing. He finished in second place behind Márquez in the race, and as a result, he finished the season with 295 points – his highest points tally since the season – which was enough to finish as championship runner-up, 67 points behind Márquez.
    At the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, Rossi took his first win of the season – the first non-Honda win of 2014 – ahead of teammate Lorenzo.
    More Details Hide Details The victory pushed him past the 5000 career points total, the first and so far only rider to achieve this. At the Aragon Grand Prix, Rossi qualified in sixth place and had been making progress up the order in the race, when he ran wide onto the grass – damp due to the wet conditions – and crashed heavily. He lost consciousness briefly after the crash (or as Rossi put it: "I had a little nap"), and was transferred to a hospital in Alcañiz for a precautionary CT scan.
    On 1 June 2014, Rossi appeared in his 300th Grand Prix race, at his home round at Mugello.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the race in third place.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi started the season well, with second-place finishes in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix – after battling with Márquez until the last lap for the victory – and at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez. He achieved his third second place of the season at the French Grand Prix.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    On 29 June 2013 Rossi won the Dutch TT at Assen, his first MotoGP win since Malaysia in 2010 – a 46-race winless streak – after passing Dani Pedrosa on the sixth lap of the race.
    More Details Hide Details He finished third in the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on 14 July, behind race winner Marc Márquez and Cal Crutchlow. At the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Rossi finished in third place, his third consecutive podium finish. Before the end of the season, he obtained two more third-place finishes in Aragon and Australia, finishing fourth in the final championship standings, with 237 points. Rossi battled consistently among the second group of riders, along with Cal Crutchlow, Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He kicked off the season with 2nd place at the season opener in Qatar, followed by 6th at Circuit of the Americas, and 4th at Jerez. At Le Mans, he crashed but was able to finish in 12th place, which was followed by a crash at his home race in Mugello after making contact with Álvaro Bautista. In Catalunya he finished 4th.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    Rossi was reacquainted with the Yamaha, when he tested the bike over 13–14 November 2012 at a post season test at Valencia.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi later closed down Casey Stoner, and passed him in the closing stages. Rossi finished seventh in Catalunya, while at Silverstone, Rossi was fastest in the first free practice session, but finished the race in ninth. After a thirteenth-place finish at Assen, Rossi finished sixth at the Sachsenring and fifth at Mugello. He scored his second podium of the season at Misano and ultimately finished sixth in the final championship standings, with 163 points. 2013 On 10 August, it was confirmed that Rossi would leave the factory Ducati team at the end of the 2012 season, after two seasons with the team. Later that day, it was also announced that Rossi would rejoin the Yamaha factory team until the end of the 2014 season, resuming his partnership with Jorge Lorenzo.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In 2010, Lorenzo finally emerged victorious in the championship battle, after Rossi first injured his shoulder in a motocross training accident, then breaking his shin-bone after a vicious crash in Mugello, missing four races.
    More Details Hide Details The most dramatic race of the season came at Motegi, beating Lorenzo for third place. Since his early racing days Valentino Rossi has had numerous nicknames. Since dominating the 500 cc category later known as MotoGP, "The Doctor" has become the nickname of choice for Rossi. Two theories prevail as to why Rossi uses "The Doctor." One is that Rossi adopted the nickname upon having earned a degree, which in Italy entitles one to use the title "Doctor." Another, as spoken by Graziano himself, "The Doctor because, I don't think there is a particular reason, but it's beautiful, and is important, The Doctor. And in Italy, The Doctor is a name you give to someone for respect, it's very important, The Doctor... important." Rossi often jokes, however, that the name arrived because in Italy, Rossi is a common surname for doctors.
    Rossi underwent surgery on his shoulder which he injured during the 2010 season, in order to be ready for preseason testing in Malaysia.
    More Details Hide Details After original progress during the first test, the Ducati failed to meet the team's expectations at the second Malaysian test and left Rossi unsatisfied, having finished over 1.8 seconds behind Casey Stoner's pace-setting Honda. Rossi started the season finishing seventh in Qatar. before a fifth in wet conditions at Jerez, despite a collision with Casey Stoner, which Rossi later apologised for. Another fifth place followed in Portugal, before a third place at Le Mans, benefitting from a collision between Dani Pedrosa and Marco Simoncelli, with Pedrosa retiring from the race and Simoncelli given a ride-through penalty. Rossi then finished the next four races inside the top six, with a best of fourth at Assen. Ninth at the Sachsenring, was followed by a pair of sixth places at Laguna Seca and Brno, and a tenth place at Indianapolis. A seventh-place finish at Misano was followed by a tenth-place finish in Aragon, before a first-lap retirement in Japan, after contact with Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, which left Rossi with a blow to his finger. He also retired in Australia, crashing out midway through the race. In Malaysia, Rossi qualified ninth but was involved in a collision with Marco Simoncelli and Colin Edwards on the second lap of the race. Simoncelli fell while running fourth, landing in the path of Edwards and Rossi, who both hit Simoncelli's Honda with Simoncelli's helmet also coming off in the incident.
    He tested the Desmosedici for the first time in Valencia on 9 November 2010, making his first appearance since, on an Italian motorcycle.
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    On 5 June 2010 at his home race at Mugello, Rossi crashed in the second free practice session, around the Biondetti corner, at around.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi suffered a displaced compound fracture of his right tibia, and after post-surgical care close to his home in the hospital at Cattolica, it was diagnosed that he was likely to be out for most of the season. It was the first time that Rossi had missed a race in his Grand Prix career. However ahead of the British Grand Prix, Suzi Perry reported in her Daily Telegraph column that Rossi was planning on making a comeback at Brno. This was confirmed a week later by Rossi himself. On 7 July, Rossi rode at Misano on a Superbike World Championship-specification Yamaha YZF-R1 provided by the Yamaha World Superbike Team to test his leg's recovery. He completed 26 laps during two runs, with a best lap time that was around two seconds off the pace of recent World Superbike times at the circuit. At the conclusion of the session, Rossi complained of discomfort, reporting pain in both his leg and his shoulder. On 12 July, Rossi took part in another test at Brno, after which Rossi stated he was happier and a lot more in form. After an observation by the Chief Medical Officer on the Thursday before the weekend, Rossi made his return at the German Grand Prix, two rounds earlier than predicted and only 41 days after the accident. He managed to end the race in fourth place after a battle with Casey Stoner for third before a third-place finish at Laguna Seca.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi injured his shoulder and back while training on a motocross bike after the Japanese Grand Prix was postponed to October due to the disruption to air travel after the second eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. The following two rounds in Spain and France, Rossi was beaten by team-mate Lorenzo with Rossi complaining about shoulder pain. The injury was not taken seriously initially and was expected to cure in a few weeks, but did not turn out as expected and the ligament tear in the shoulder failed to sufficiently heal.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 30
    In 2009, Rossi and Lorenzo resumed hostilities with Rossi emerging as champion again.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Rossi defeated Lorenzo in several tight battles, at Valencia, Assen, Sachsenring and, most memorably, Lorenzo's home race at Catalonia, after passing him in the final corner to take victory, in that part of the track where any overtaking was considered impossible.
    On 8 June 2009, Valentino Rossi rode a Yamaha around the famous Snaefell Mountain Course in an exhibition lap at the 2009 Isle of Man TT, alongside Agostini, in what was called 'The Lap of the Gods'.
    More Details Hide Details This had been delayed by 48 hours due to bad weather. He also performed the garlanding ceremony for the Superbike podium, bestowing the podium of John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Guy Martin.
    His victory at the 2009 Dutch TT in Assen was Rossi's 100th victory, becoming only the second rider in motorcycle grand prix history – after Giacomo Agostini – to reach 100 wins.
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    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 29
    2008 For 2008 Rossi changed to Bridgestone tyres.
    More Details Hide Details The season started slowly with a fifth-place finish in Qatar, but he took his first win in Shanghai, and also won the next two races at Le Mans and Mugello. From that race, Rossi was on the podium of every remaining race – except Assen, where he crashed on the first lap and finished 11th – winning a total of nine races in the season. His victories at Laguna Seca – after a pass down the "Corkscrew" corner over Stoner, who crashed but continued and took the second place – and at a rain-shortened race in Indianapolis, meant that Rossi had won at every circuit on the calendar, at that time. His win at Motegi was his first MotoGP victory at the track, and became the first Yamaha rider to win at the Honda-owned circuit. The victory at Motegi won Rossi his first 800cc MotoGP title, his sixth in the premier category, and eighth overall.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Rossi had been linked with a move to both Formula One and the World Rally Championship in 2007, having tested for Ferrari and competed in a number of rally events.
    More Details Hide Details But Rossi decided to remain in MotoGP; "I have a contract with Yamaha until 2008," said Rossi. "When that finishes then we will see. What I am sure about is that I will ride until I'm 31 or 32 at most. I will look for new stimuli in the next few seasons, but for now I am fully motivated". Rossi signed a new two-year contract confirming he will be at Yamaha until 2010. He originally planned to use the Impreza WRC2008 during his participation in the Rally GB in December 2008, but decided to drive a Ford Focus RS WRC 07 instead. He finished the rally in 12th place, 13 minutes and 20.4 seconds behind eventual winner Sébastien Loeb. In January 2010, Rossi has said that once he retires from motorcycle racing, he hopes to move into rallying. "There are not many changes in a man's body between 22 and 34 so I still have some time left. I would consider shifting to cars, probably rallying, after that before I finally decide to take it easy... I know F1 would've been easier but by the time I finish MotoGP, I will be too old for F1." Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari's Formula One Team principal, however, reasserted his wish to have a third Ferrari on the F1 grid driven by Rossi, whilst confirming that Rossi would test an older Ferrari F1 car on 21 and 22 January 2010.
    Coupled with a Ducati, the young Australian won the first race of the year, followed by many more victories resulting in his claiming of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship title.
    More Details Hide Details Stoner's and Rossi's rivalry came to a dramatic climax at Laguna Seca Raceway in 2008. After numerous position changes, Rossi overtook Stoner at the Corkscrew. The bold move caused Rossi to run into the dirt and broken pavement on the inside of the right turn, and his rejoining the track came close to causing a collision between the two riders. A few laps later, Stoner went into the gravel on the slow entry into turn 11. Stoner picked up his bike to finish second, while Rossi took the win. After this, Casey Stoner made the comment, "I have lost respect for one of the greatest riders in history." For the comment, Stoner apologised to Rossi at the next race. In 2008, Jorge Lorenzo joined Rossi in the factory Yamaha Motor Racing team, which started a new rivalry. Rossi won the 2008 title, with Lorenzo suffering two serious crashes at Laguna Seca and China.
    2007 Rossi returned to MotoGP for the season, riding the new Yamaha YZR-M1 800 cc.
    More Details Hide Details In the first race in Qatar he came second to Casey Stoner on the Ducati Desmosedici. Rossi won the second race of the season in Spain, and would win three more races that year – at Assen, Estoril and Mugello – but retired from races at the Sanchsenring and Misano. Stoner dominated the season, winning ten races to take his first title, 125 points clear of second place Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa's win in the last race at Valencia combined with Rossi's retirement meant that he beat Rossi, by a single point. This was Rossi's lowest championship position since his first season in 1996 in 125s.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi did however, win several races, in Qatar, Italy, Catalunya, Germany and Malaysia. Hayden held the points lead throughout most of the season, but Rossi was slowly working his way up the points ladder. It was not until Motegi when Rossi finally grabbed 2nd in the points race behind Hayden. In the Portuguese Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season, Hayden was taken out by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, and did not finish the race. This led to Rossi taking the points lead with only one race left in the season. However, Rossi crashed early in Valencia, the last race, and Hayden went on to win the championship, ahead of Rossi.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    2005 In, Rossi captured his 7th World Championship and fifth straight MotoGP Championship after winning 11 races including wins in 3 rain-affected races at Shanghai, Le Mans and Donington.
    More Details Hide Details His only non-podium result was a retirement at Motegi. Rossi finished with a total of 367 points, 147 points ahead of second-place finisher Marco Melandri, and Nicky Hayden finished third with 206 points.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, Rossi signed a two-year contract with rivals Yamaha reportedly worth in excess of US$12 million; a price no other manufacturer, even Honda, was willing to pay. 2004 With the traditional first race of the season at Suzuka off the list due to safety considerations following the fatal accident of Daijiro Kato, the 2004 season started at Welkom in South Africa. Rossi won the race, becoming the only rider to win consecutive races with different manufacturers, having won the final race of the previous season on his Honda bike. His fourth-place finish at Jerez saw the end of a 23-race podium streak. He failed to finish in Brazil and Qatar but Rossi would go on to win eight more Grands Prix in the season, primarily battling Sete Gibernau, with Rossi clinching the championship at the penultimate race of the season at Phillip Island, beating Gibernau by just .097 seconds to do so. Rossi ended the season with 304 points to Gibernau's 257, with Max Biaggi third with 217 points.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A number of teams, including Gibernau's Team Gresini and the official Repsol Honda factory team, appealed successfully to race direction for Rossi to be sanctioned. Rossi and his chief engineer, Jeremy Burgess, insisted that they were doing nothing more than what many others had done before when faced with a dirty track. Since then the two have not spoken and Rossi seemed to resolve to use the incident to apply psychological pressure on Gibernau. Rumours of Rossi having sworn that after the Qatar race, which Gibernau won while Rossi crashed out after rising to 6th position, he would do everything to make sure that Gibernau never stood on the highest step of the podium again. However, Rossi has denied these claims. Gibernau retired from Grand Prix racing after an unsuccessful, injury blighted 2006 season with Ducati and he never won another race after Qatar, prompting some in the Spanish and Italian motorcycle racing media to explain this fact by way of reference to the "Qatar Curse."
  • 2003
    Age 24
    2003 It was more of the same in 2003 for Rossi's rivals when he claimed nine pole positions as well as nine race wins to claim his third consecutive World Championship, clinching the title in Malaysia.
    More Details Hide Details This year, Sete Gibernau became his strongest opponent, beating Rossi several times, although Rossi got the better of Gibernau in the Czech Republic, by just .042 seconds. The Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island is considered by many observers to be one of Rossi's greatest career moments due to unique circumstances. After being given a 10-second penalty for overtaking during a yellow flag due to a crash by Ducati rider Troy Bayliss, front runner Rossi proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field, eventually finishing more than 15 seconds ahead, more than enough to cancel out the penalty and win the race. He won the final race at Valencia with a special livery, which would turn out to be his final win for Honda. Partnered with increased scepticism that the reason for his success was the dominance of the RC211V rather than Rossi, it was inevitable that Honda and Rossi would part. Mid-season rumours pointed towards a possible move to Ducati, which sent the Italian press into a frenzy; the concept of Rossi on the great Italian bike seemed too good to be true. Ducati did indeed try to seduce Rossi into riding their MotoGP bike, the Desmosedici, but for numerous reasons Rossi passed the offer up. Critics say that compared to the other manufacturers, Ducati had a significant way to go before being competitive even with Rossi at the helm. This proved to be the truth with Ducati's lacklustre performance in the 2004 season, which had actually been worse than their inaugural year in MotoGP in 2003.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    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, and Rossi was the first and only satellite rider to clinch the title.
    More Details Hide Details Also during the season, Rossi teamed up with American rider Colin Edwards for the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race aboard a Honda VTR1000SPW, becoming the first Italian rider to win the race. The pair won the race despite Rossi's lack of experience racing superbikes. In 2002, 500cc two-strokes were still allowed, but saw the beginning of the 990 cc four-stroke Moto GP class, after which the 500 cc machines were essentially obsolete. 2002 The inaugural year for the MotoGP bikes was 2002, when riders experienced teething problems getting used to the new bikes. Rossi won the first race in wet conditions at Suzuka, beating several local riders, who were racing as wildcards. Rossi went on to win 8 of the first 9 races of the season, eventually claiming 11 victories in total. Rossi clinched his second title at Rio de Janeiro, with four races remaining in the season; he finished all but one race during the season, with a retirement at Brno.
  • 2000
    Age 21
    Rossi was rewarded in 2000 for his 250 cc World Championship by being given a ride with Honda in what was then the ultimate class in World Championship motorcycle racing, 500 cc.
    More Details Hide Details Retired 500 cc World Champion Mick Doohan, who also had Jeremy Burgess as chief engineer, worked with Rossi as his personal mentor in his first year at Honda. It would also be the first time Rossi would be racing against Max Biaggi. It would take nine races before Rossi would win on the Honda but, like his previous seasons in 125 and 250, it would bode well for a stronger second season as he finished second to Kenny Roberts, Jr.; Rossi recorded only two wins during the season, winning in Great Britain and Brazil.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He left Yamaha to join Ducati for the season, but it was confirmed in 2012 that he would rejoin Yamaha for the and 2014 seasons. He suffered two winless seasons while at Ducati.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 20
    Six wins was the lowest number of wins Rossi has had in a championship winning season; the previous lowest was nine in 1999 in the 250 cc class and 2003, 2004 and 2008 in MotoGP.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi also failed to win at Mugello, for the first time since. The most dramatic victory of the season came at Barcelona, beating Lorenzo by .095 seconds. Rossi also won a close race in Germany, winning by .099 seconds.
    In 1999, however, he won the title, collecting five pole positions and nine wins.
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    From there, he moved up to the 250cc category with Aprilia and won the 250cc World Championship in 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 19
    He later concluded the 1998 250 cc season in second place, 23 points behind Capirossi.
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    By 1998, the Aprilia RS250 was reaching its pinnacle and had a team of riders in Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Tetsuya Harada.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 17
    Rossi had some success in the 1996 World Championship season, failing to finish five of the season's races and crashing several times.
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    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 15
    At first he found himself on a Sandroni, with a Rotax-Aprilia engine in the 1994 Italian championship and continued to ride it through the 1995 European and Italian championships.
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    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 14
    In 1993, with help from his father, Virginio Ferrari, Claudio Castiglioni and Claudio Lusuardi (who ran the official Cagiva Sport Production team), he rode a Cagiva Mito 125cc motorcycle, which he damaged in a first-corner crash no more than a hundred metres from the pit lane.
    More Details Hide Details He finished ninth that race weekend. Although his first season in the Italian Sport Production Championship was varied, he achieved a pole position in the season's final race at Misano, where he would ultimately finish on the podium. By the second year, Rossi had been provided with a factory Mito by Lusuardi and won the Italian title.
  • 1991
    Age 12
    After this he took up minimoto and before the end of 1991 had won numerous regional races.
    More Details Hide Details Rossi continued to race karts and finished fifth at the national kart championships in Parma. Both Valentino and Graziano had started looking at moving into the Italian 100cc series, as well as the corresponding European series, which most likely would have pushed him into the direction of Formula One. However, the high cost of racing karts led to the decision to race minimoto exclusively. Through 1992 and 1993, Valentino continued to learn the ins and outs of minimoto racing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 11
    Rossi won the regional kart championship in 1990.
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  • 1979
    Age 0
    Born on February 16, 1979.
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