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Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi - 7-time MotoGP/500cc world champion

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    ROC Nations Cup

Birth Date: 16 February 1979

Birthplace: Tavullia, Italy

Rossi began life motoring round on scooters in the vicinity of his Italian home. But, as with most racers on two wheels, he started young, taking his first world championship in 125cc aged 18.

‘The Doctor’ then graduated up through the ranks, winning every new title at his second attempt including the 500cc crown in 2001. He remained the king of the sport until 2005 in spite of a switch to Yamaha in 2004.

After two bleak years of finishing ‘only’ 2nd and 3rd, he returned to the summit in 2008 and retained the title yet again in 2009. All the while his yellow-clothed fan base has grown around the world, where he is now instantly recognisable. Only injury – his broken leg in 2010 – has stopped the run.

Believe it or not, Rossi began his career on four wheels, racing in kart championships around Italy. His love for cars continues as he has regularly tested a Formula 1 Ferrari and competed in several WRC events, having received coaching from Colin McRae. His best result to date in The Race Of Champions was finishing as runner-up for Italy in the ROC Nations Cup in 2000. He also wowed the Toyota team during his first ever practice run in their world rally car at the same event…

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7-time MotoGP/500cc world champion (2001-2005, 2008-2009)
  • The only rider to win titles on 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP
  • Over 100 top flight victories to his name
  • He has won at least one race in 15 consecutive seasons

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2009: Took his 100th top flight win at Assen in Holland

2004: Won his third MotoGP title immediately after a switch to Yamaha

2003: He made the podium in every race en route to the championship

2002: Secured the first ever MotoGP world title

2001: Became 500cc world champion for the first time, riding for Honda

2000: Graduated to 500cc world championship, runner-up in title race

1999: Won 250cc world championship

1998: Moved up to the 250cc world championship

1997: Took 125cc world championship

1996: Began racing with Aprilia in 125cc, won first race at Brno

 

THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHTS

Years contested: 2000, 2001

2000: ROC Nations Cup finalist alongside Emanuele Pirro and Miki Biasion

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