Valentino Rossi (46 The Doctor) began the 2016 season with fourth place in Qatar, albeit just two seconds from victory. In the next race in Argentina, Rossi returned to the podium with second place behind Marc Márquez after a collision between Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso on the last lap for which Iannone was penalised. The race was split into two parts similar to the 2013 Australian Grand Prix after concerns over Michelin rear tyres forced riders into making a pitstop to change bikes, Rossi had fought with Marquez for the lead in the first half of the race but fell back to fourth on his second bike before the last lap incident between the Ducati's.
The only rider in history to win 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP™ World Championships, Rossi dominated MotoGP™ with first Honda and then Yamaha, taking the crown five times in a row until Nicky Hayden won the title in 2006. Back on top in 2008 and 2009, the Italian was then beaten to the crown by teammate Jorge Lorenzo in 2010 and left to join the factory Ducati Team.
Rossi racing career statistics
|MotoGP World Championship|
Yamaha (2004–2010, 2013–)
|Championships||7 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)|
|2016 championship position||2nd (249 pts)|
|250cc World Championship|
|125cc World Championship|