Valentino Rossi – One of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time

Valentino Rossi
Full nameValentino Rossi
DOB16 February 1979
ProfessionMotorcycle racer
Age42 years

Valentino Rossi is the supreme idol of international motorcycle racing and one of the most brilliant and successful riders of all time. He had a passion for racing since he was a child, and at the age of 18, he won his first global racing title.

Since then, he has never missed a race and has set record after record. He is undoubtedly on his way to becoming a motorcycle legend, if not already one! The 34-year-old Italian sensation is also known for being a little superstitious, especially before competing in any event. Bending down and clutching the right-side foot-peg of his bike with his head down is one of his pre-ride rituals.

“It’s simply a moment to focus and ‘speak’ to my bike, like traveling from one area to the next,” he previously stated. He is now one of the most well-known celebrities and one of the finest athletes of all time. He is the most successful racer in the history of the sport. This sought racer, on the other hand, is very private about his personal life and prefers to remain under the spotlight.

Valentino Rossi Childhood & Early Life

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi was born in Urbino on February 16, 1979, and raised in Tavullia, in the provinces of Pesaro and Urbino. He has been attracted by the world of engines since he was a child. In truth, Graziano’s father was a motorcycle enthusiast in the 1970s and passed on his love to his son.

Graziano Rossi, Valentino’s father, was a former motorcycle racer. He was given a kart instead of a bike as a child because his mother was concerned about his safety.

His kart’s 60cc motor was upgraded with a 100cc motor when he was five, and he won the local kart championship in 1990.

Valentino Rossi had become a minibike riding specialist and had won numerous accolades by the end of 1991.

Valentino Rossi competed in the national kart championships in Parma and finished fifth. His father enlisted the assistance of his former racing acquaintances, one of them being Claudio Lusardi, who ran the Cagiva Sports Production team, to equip his son with a Cagiva Mito 125cc motorcycle in 1993.

Despite the fact that he crashed his first bike, he was allowed to compete in the Italian Sport Production Championship, where he fared reasonably at first but eventually won the title in 1994.

Valentino Rossi Career

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi was trained to ride 125cc racing motorbikes after winning the title, and he won the Italian 125cc Championship in 1995. He also competed in the 125cc European Championship, finishing third. His next step was to compete in the World Championship in the Malaysian  Grand Prix in 1996 when he finished 9th.

He did, however, win the 1997 125cc World Championship in Aprilia, being the youngest rider to do so. In 1998, he began racing in the 250cc class and finished second to Loris Capirossi in the World Championship.

In 1999, Valentino Rossi won the 250cc World Championship in Aprilia, which was his first world championship title.

In the year 2000, he joined Honda to compete in the 500cc class, where he was mentored by Michael Doohan, a former 500cc World Champion. That year, he raced and came in second to Kenny Roberts, Jr.

In 2001, the 500 cc World Championship held its final race, and Rossi, who had finished second the year before, won the race and the championship.

In 2004, he joined Yamaha and competed in the Grand Prix of South Africa’s inaugural season. He became the first rider in history to win two premier class titles in a row while riding for two different manufacturers.

Valentino Rossi won nine of the 16 races held that season, giving him the World Championship title.

He won eleven races in total in 2005, making him the World Champion for the second year in a row.

In 2006, however, he finished five points behind Honda’s Nicky Hayden. It was only the second time in his career that he finished second in a premier class race.

He had a difficult year in 2007, winning only four races due to a variety of technical issues. In one of the races, he was also injured, and he finished third in the World Championship that year, his lowest finish since his first championship win.

He restored his reputation in 2008 when he won the MotoGP title by winning nine races.

The following year was likewise profitable, but in 2010, he injured his leg while practicing at Mugello, resulting in another injury. That season, he finished third in the championship and missed four races.

In 2011, he signed a two-year contract with Ducati after leaving long-time sponsor Yamaha.

However, he declared in the middle of 2012 that he will return to Yamaha at the end of the season.

Valentino Rossi Awards & Achievements

Valentino Rossi

He won his seventh World Championship and fifth consecutive MotoGP title in the 2005 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. That year, he became one of only five riders in motorcycle racing history to win the premier-class title five times.

He has won a total of 106 races as of 2013, with 80 of them being 500cc/MotoGP titles.

Valentino Rossi Quotes

  1. I never race for records. The motivation to try to beat the record is not enough to continue. You have to enjoy it.
  2. The great fights with your strongest rivals are always the biggest motivation. When you win easily it’s not the same taste.
  3. Also, when I started racing he knew a lot of people and it was more easy for me to find the first bike, so I have a good chance for sure.
  4. To be a great motorbike racer, the most important thing is passion for the bike.
  5. My normal life is like being on holiday.
  6. Maybe the bike is more dangerous, but the passion for the car for me is second to the bike.
  7. Riding a race bike is an art – a thing that you do because you feel something inside.
  8. I was lucky. My father raced bikes. He gave me the passion very early. I had my first bike when I was three or four years old.
  9. To win the Championship in the first year will be hard. We need time to become competitive and win races.
  10. Fortunately during my career I have won more or less everything, so I need to enjoy it to have the right motivation.
  11. I’m Valentino Rossi. And I want to be a person, not an icon.
  12. I am able to ride the bike and think clearly about strategy and tyres. I also have positive thinking. I am very constructively critical.
  13. I don’t like being famous – it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.