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Valentino Rossi

Rossi has played a vital role in developing the YZR-M1 and their love story is one of the most famous tales in the world of motorsport.

The Doctor first tested the YZR-M1 in 2004 and tried trying multiple engine prototypes before choosing one that he labeled a sweet engine.

The story between Rossi and the M1 machine reached epic heights when he won his debut race on the Yamaha in Welkom (South Africa) that same season.

I race to win. If I am on the bike or in a car it will always be the same.

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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.

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Rossi won the regional kart championship in 1990. After this he took up minimoto and before the end of 1991 had won numerous regional races.

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Rossi won his first 500 cc World Championship in 2001, winning 11 races in the final year of that class and collected 325 points.

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The inaugural year for the MotoGP bikes was 2002, when riders experienced teething problems getting used to the new bikes.

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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.
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 0.042 seconds.

Yamaha

In 2005, Rossi captured his 7th World Championship and fifth straight MotoGP Championship after winning 11 races.

Valentino Rossi

100th


Rossi's 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.

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'.

Rossi Accolades

MotoGP World Championship
Active years2000
ManufacturersHonda (20002003)
Yamaha (20042010, 2013–)
Ducati (20112012)
Championships7 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
2016 championship position2nd (249 pts)
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
2888818554754725
250cc World Championship
Active years19981999
ManufacturersAprilia
Championships1 (1999)
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
301421511510
125cc World Championship
Active years19961997
ManufacturersAprilia
Championships1 (1997)
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
30121559432


To be a great motorbike racer, the most important thing is passion for the bike.

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.

Ducati

At the final race in Valencia, Rossi retired at the first corner after Álvaro Bautista fell from his bike and took down Rossi, teammate Hayden and Randy de Puniet in the process.

Return to Yamaha

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Valentino Rossi

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The text on his helmet refers to the name of his group of friends: "The Tribe of the Chihuahua," and the letters WLF on his leathers stand for "Viva La Figa," Italian for "Long Live Pussy."