Valentino Rossi - Motorcycle Superstar
Welcome to ValentinoRossi.info an unofficial fan site dedicated to one of the world’s greatest motorcycle champions. We hope you’ll take time to read about and learn about this charismatic Italian superstar and catch some of the colour, excitement and drama that is all part of the motorcycle racing calendar.
Italian motorcycle race champion Valentino Rossi was born 16 February 1979 in Urbino, Italy. He is the son of 1970’s racer Graziano Rossi. As a teenager, he began racing with karts, then moved on to minimotos (minibikes). In his second Grand Prix season in 1996, racing125cc class bikes, he won his first World Championship in Malaysia. Rossi had won 38 Grand Prix races before he was 23.
In his second season Rossi moved to the 250cc class and won the 1999 World Championship. Moving to the premier 500cc class in 2000 and riding a Honda for the Nastro Azzuro Team, he finished second in the championship that year. Racing for Honda again he won the 2001 World Championship with 11 wins.
In subsequent years he contested the revised MotoGP World Championship and won in 2002 and 2003 riding with the Honda team. Later that year he shocked fans by agreeing to ride with Yamaha and in 2004 and 2005, with Yamaha, won back to back championships.
Nicknamed “The Doctor” for the skill and precision he has displayed in his way to the top and the calculated way he out-races his opponents, Rossi was the winner of seven Grand Prix World Championships in racing by the time he was 26 years old.
Rossi – one of the all-time greats
With 40 Moto GP victories from 65 starts and countless victories in the 500cc, 250cc and 125cc classes, Rossi has stood on the winner’s podium around 120 times in his illustrious career. He becomes only the second rider in history, after Eddie Lawson, to win the championship with different manufacturers in consecutive seasons.
With the 2006 riding season about to begin at Jerez in Spain, Valentino Rossi faces a season with plenty of new riders and with out Max Biaggi or Alex Barros. Will his five years of supremacy come to an end or will he power on to smash more records?
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