Valentino rossi Italian motorcyclist - The greatest treasure of my sports career are my fans
One of the best motorcyclists in history.
Championships : 9
Debut season : 1996 ...
Teams : 1996-1999 Aprilia, 2000-2003 Honda, 2004-2010 Yamaha, 2011-2012 Ducati. 2013 Yamaha
Parents : Graziano Rossi and Stefanía Palma
Couples : Linda Morselli, Francesca Sofia Novello
Nicknames : The Doctor, Il Dottore
Height : 1.82 m
"Sometimes I regret having left Honda. Maybe I would have surpassed Agostini "
Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979 in Urbino , Italy.
Son of Graziano Rossi (winner of three great motorcycling prizes in the 250 cc). When he was still a child, the family moved to Tavullia .
His first interest was kart racing. His mother, Stefania, was concerned for her son's safety so she urged her husband to buy her a go-kart rather than a motorcycle. His father redesigned it by replacing the 60cc engine with a 100cc one for Valentino, who was then five years old, to drive.
He won the regional kart championship in 1990. He then rode mini bikes and before the end of 1991, he had already won numerous regional races. He continued to compete in karts and finished fifth in the national championship in Parma. Given the high cost of go-kart racing, his father made the decision to have him compete on mini-bikes exclusively.
125cc world champion
Valentino Rossi began his racing in the world championship with Aprilia in 1996 and the 125 cc category. In 1997 he was proclaimed world champion , the youngest in the history of world motorcycling.
World Champion 250cc
He made the leap to 250 cc, where already in the first year, 1998, he won races, although it was in 1999 when he won his second world title and decided to go to 500 cc
World Champion 500cc
Since 2000 it competes with the Honda NSR500 . The Italian made history on October 14, 2001 by becoming the youngest world champion to win all three titles, 125, 250 and 500 cc, and did so in a grand champion, with victory in the 500 cc Australian GP . which was played at the Phillip Island circuit.
Valentino Rossi is the fourth youngest rider in history to be proclaimed world champion in cylinder capacity after the American Freddie Spencer and the British Mike Hailwood and John Surtees .
MotoGP world champion
2003 MotoGP World Champion, since 2004 he has raced with Yamaha . On October 17, 2004 he won his fourth consecutive world title in a narrow victory at the Australian MotoGP Grand Prix over the Spanish rider Sete Gibernau , his main rival.
On September 25, 2005, he came second behind Italian Loris Capirossi (Ducati Desmosedici) in the Malaysian Grand Prix that took place at the Sepang circuit and scored the necessary points with his Yamaha YZR M 1, to achieve his seventh world title and the fifth in the queen category.
In 2006 Valentino Rossihe ranks second with five wins, had two falls. In the last race he is first with eight points of advantage, but after a bad start from the first position he falls when trying to recover the lost positions, yielding the championship to the American Nicky Hayden .
In 2007 he renewed with Yamaha and Casey Stoner was proclaimed champion. In the classification of the last grand prix in Valencia, he falls and causes multiple traumas in his right hand, giving up second place in the championship to Dani Pedrosa .
During the 2008 season, he continues with Yamaha and Bridgestone tires. By winning the race in Indianapolis, he surpassed Giacomo Agostini's record of 68 victories in the highest category and with his 70th MotoGP victory he achieved the championship at Motegi (Japanese GP) with three races remaining to finish the world championship.
In 2009, with Yamaha, he faced his own teammate, the Spanish Jorge Lorenzo , with whom he disputed the first place in the classification for most of the season. On June 27 at the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen, he achieved the hundredth victory of his career. Finally, he was proclaimed champion at the Malaysian Grand Prix .
In 2010, the last season with Yamaha, Valentino would try to get his 10th title, but during the Italian GP, he suffered a fall that caused a fracture of the right tibia and fibula , missing several races. He returns to competition just three grands prix later at the Sachsenring, taking fourth place.
On August 15, after the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic in Brno, his signing for Ducati was confirmed .
On August 10, 2012, it was announced that the Italian rider was leaving the Ducati team to return to Yamaha, with which he signed a two-season contract and where he once again shared a team with Jorge Lorenzo. He achieved a victory in Assen, 6 podiums, and 8 fourth places, finishing fourth in the world championship.
Return to Yamaha
In 2013, he finished fourth in the final championship standings, with 237 points. He competed throughout the championship among the second group of drivers, along with Cal Crutchlow , Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista .
In the 2014 season, he finished in second place riding his Yamaha YZR-M1, with which he achieved 295 points - his highest points count since 2009 - enough to finish as runner-up, 67 points behind the Spanish rider Marc Márquez , who repeated as number one in the championship.
In the 2015 season, in the penultimate race, the kick of Valentino Rossi making Marc Márquez fall after an ugly maneuver, went down in motorcycling history, called into question the figure of Rossi, a champion who aroused tenderness and admiration and, suddenly , for some he has become an ogre.
Since winning the last of his nine world titles in 2009, the Doctor has spent six years watching other younger riders surpass him. The 2015 title was won by Jorge Lorenzo, who beat Rossi with five points, who was runner-up.
On Thursday, August 31, 2017, he had a serious accident while practicing enduro, suffering a fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg. The incident occurred on a very bumpy stretch when his leg got caught in a rock. He lost options to get the tenth world champion crown, eighth in the premier class (500cc / MotoGP), by losing World Cup races.
The 2018 Rossi climbed places in the general classification finishing in third place thanks to a good performance, although staying away in the fight for the title between Márquez andDovizioso .
The 2019 season started well with two second places in Argentina and Texas, but finished seventh in the final standings. In 2020 he continues with the same Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team and finishes the 15th
At an extraordinary press conference on August 5, 2021, Rossi, 42, 26 seasons in the World Cup and millions of fans around the world, announced his retirement at the end of the season.
On November 15, 2021, Rossi put an end to his successful sports career in Valencia after 432 grands prix and 26 seasons in which he won nine world titles, one in 125 cc (1997), another in 250 cc (1999) and seven of 500 / MotoGP (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009).
In 2007 he was accused of not having declared taxes on his earnings between 2000 and 2004. In February 2008 he reached an agreement with the Treasury to pay 19 million euros for the period 2000-2004 and 16 million for the period 2005-2006 and 4.8 million as a fine for tax evasion.
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