Valentino Rossi - Motorcycle Road Racer, Career and Family

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Valentino Rossi is a world famous motorcycle racer who has won the MotoGP World Championship several times

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BirthdayFebruary 16, 1979
NationalityItalian
FamousMotorcycle Road Racer, Millionaires, Sportspersons, Motorcycle Racers
SiblingsClara Rossi, Luca Marini
Birth PlaceTavullia, Italy
Height182cm
GenderMale
FatherGraziano Rossi
MotherStefania Rossi
Net Worth$135 million as of Feb 2,2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inTavullia, Italy
Famous asItalian motorcycle road racer

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Who is Valentino Rossi?

Valentino Rossi, the ultimate idol of international motorbike racing, is one of the most talented and successful motorbike racers ever. Harboring a passion for race at a very young age, he won his first world racing title at the age of 18. Since then, he never missed a race and has been making records, one after another. Undoubtedly, he is on the track to becoming a motorbike legend or rather, he is one already! The Italian sensation who turned 34 this year, is also known for being a tad superstitious, especially, before competing in any race. His pre-ride rituals, as they are called, include bending down and holding the right-side foot-peg of his bike with his head bowed. For this he once made a statement, "It’s just a moment to focus and ‘talk’ to my bike, like moving from one place to the next." Today, he is one of most famous celebrities and is one of the greatest sportspersons. His achievements in the sport make him the most successful racer ever. However, this coveted racer is quite discreet about his personal life and likes to stay off the radar. Read more about his life, career and amazing achievements, in the article below.

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Childhood & Early Life

Valentino is the son of Graziano Rossi, who was also a motorcycle racer once. As a child, he was given a kart instead of a bike, because his mother was worried about her son’s safety.

When he was five, his kart’s 60cc motor was replaced with a 100cc motor for more speed and in 1990 he won the local kart championship.

By the end of 1991, he had become an expert in minibike riding and had also won many awards.

He participated in the national kart championships held at Parma and came fifth in the race. In 1993, his father took the help of his former racing friends, one of whom was Claudio Lusuardi, who operated the Cagiva Sport Production team, to provide his son with a Cagiva Mito 125cc motorcycle.

He crashed his first bike, despite which he was allowed to take part in the Italian Sport Production Championship, where he performed reasonably in the beginning, but later won the title in 1994.

Career

After winning the championship, he was trained to ride 125cc racing motor bikes and in 1995, he won the Italian 125cc Championship. He also raced in the 125cc European Championship where he claimed the third position.

His next move was big and ambitious i.e. he participated in the World Championship in 1996 in the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished 9th.

However, he won the 1997 125cc World Championship held in Aprilia, to become the youngest rider ever to claim the championship.

In 1998, he took up 250cc racing and came second in the World Championship which was won by Loris Capirossi.

He won the 250cc World Championship held in 1999 in Aprilia, where he had won his first world championship title.

In 2000, he signed up with Honda to race in the 500cc class and was mentored by Michael Doohan, a former 500 cc World Champion. He raced that year and finished second to Kenny Roberts, Jr.

The 500 cc World Championship conducted its final race in 2001 and Rossi who had come second the previous year, finished first and claimed the championship.

In 2004, he signed up with Yamaha and raced in the opening season of the Grand Prix in South Africa. He won the championship to become the first ever rider to win premier class championships in a sequence, representing two different manufacturers.

Out of the 16 races held that season he won nine, securing the World Championship title for himself.

The year 2005 was extremely good because he won eleven races in total to become the World Champion that year too.

In 2006, however, he finished second to Nicky Hayden, from Honda, by five points. It was only the second time in his premier class racing career that he came second.

The year 2007, was a little rough for him as he could only win four races owing to several technical problems. He was also injured in one of the races and finished third in the World Championship that year, his lowest achievement since his first championship win.

In 2008, he regained his repute by winning the MotoGP title by winning nine races.

The following year was also very fruitful, but in 2010, he suffered another injury in which he broke his leg while practicing at Mugello. He finished third in the championship and missed four races that season.

In 2011, he left long time sponsor Yamaha to sign a two-year contract with Ducati.

However, in the mid of 2012, he announced that he would go back to Yamaha at the end of the season.

Awards & Achievements

In 2005, Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, he won his 7th World Championship and fifth consecutive MotoGP Championship. That year he earned a place among the only five riders in the history of motorcycle racing to win premier-class title five times.

As of 2013 he has won an grand total of 106 races, 80 of which are 500cc/MotoGP championships.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2007, he was suspected of tax evasion for which he paid 35 million euros to the Italian tax authorities to arrive at a settlement.

He is a fan of the Italian football club Internazionale, who congratulated him in October 2009, on his ninth World Championship win, through their website.

Trivia

This renowned World Champion motorbike racer from Italy goes by the nickname ‘the Doctor’.

He has always ridden under the number 46 which also happens to be the number that his father rode with in his racing days.

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Valentino Rossi biography timelines

  • // 1990
    When he was five, his kart’s 60cc motor was replaced with a 100cc motor for more speed and in 1990 he won the local kart championship.
  • // 1991
    By the end of 1991, he had become an expert in minibike riding and had also won many awards.
  • // 1993
    He participated in the national kart championships held at Parma and came fifth in the race. In 1993, his father took the help of his former racing friends, one of whom was Claudio Lusuardi, who operated the Cagiva Sport Production team, to provide his son with a Cagiva Mito 125cc motorcycle.
  • // 1994
    He crashed his first bike, despite which he was allowed to take part in the Italian Sport Production Championship, where he performed reasonably in the beginning, but later won the title in 1994.
  • // 1995
    After winning the championship, he was trained to ride 125cc racing motor bikes and in 1995, he won the Italian 125cc Championship. He also raced in the 125cc European Championship where he claimed the third position.
  • // 1996
    His next move was big and ambitious i.e. he participated in the World Championship in 1996 in the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished 9th.
  • // 1997
    However, he won the 1997 125cc World Championship held in Aprilia, to become the youngest rider ever to claim the championship.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he took up 250cc racing and came second in the World Championship which was won by Loris Capirossi.
  • // 1999
    He won the 250cc World Championship held in 1999 in Aprilia, where he had won his first world championship title.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he signed up with Honda to race in the 500cc class and was mentored by Michael Doohan, a former 500 cc World Champion. He raced that year and finished second to Kenny Roberts, Jr.
  • // 2001
    The 500 cc World Championship conducted its final race in 2001 and Rossi who had come second the previous year, finished first and claimed the championship.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he signed up with Yamaha and raced in the opening season of the Grand Prix in South Africa. He won the championship to become the first ever rider to win premier class championships in a sequence, representing two different manufacturers.
  • // 2005
    The year 2005 was extremely good because he won eleven races in total to become the World Champion that year too.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, he won his 7th World Championship and fifth consecutive MotoGP Championship. That year he earned a place among the only five riders in the history of motorcycle racing to win premier-class title five times.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, however, he finished second to Nicky Hayden, from Honda, by five points. It was only the second time in his premier class racing career that he came second.
  • // 2007
    The year 2007, was a little rough for him as he could only win four races owing to several technical problems. He was also injured in one of the races and finished third in the World Championship that year, his lowest achievement since his first championship win.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he was suspected of tax evasion for which he paid 35 million euros to the Italian tax authorities to arrive at a settlement.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he regained his repute by winning the MotoGP title by winning nine races.
  • // Oct 2009
    He is a fan of the Italian football club Internazionale, who congratulated him in October 2009, on his ninth World Championship win, through their website.
  • // 2010
    The following year was also very fruitful, but in 2010, he suffered another injury in which he broke his leg while practicing at Mugello. He finished third in the championship and missed four races that season.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he left long time sponsor Yamaha to sign a two-year contract with Ducati.
  • // 2012
    However, in the mid of 2012, he announced that he would go back to Yamaha at the end of the season.
  • // 2013
    As of 2013 he has won an grand total of 106 races, 80 of which are 500cc/MotoGP championships.

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Valentino Rossi's FAQ

  • What is Valentino Rossi birthday?

    Valentino Rossi was born at 1979-02-16

  • Where is Valentino Rossi's birth place?

    Valentino Rossi was born in Tavullia, Italy

  • What is Valentino Rossi nationalities?

    Valentino Rossi's nationalities is Italian

  • Who is Valentino Rossi siblings?

    Valentino Rossi's siblings is Clara Rossi, Luca Marini

  • How tall is Valentino Rossi?

    Valentino Rossi's height is 182

  • Who is Valentino Rossi's father?

    Valentino Rossi's father is Graziano Rossi

  • Who is Valentino Rossi's mother?

    Valentino Rossi's mother is Stefania Rossi

  • What is Valentino Rossi's sun sign?

    Valentino Rossi is Aquarius

  • How famous is Valentino Rossi?

    Valentino Rossi is famouse as Italian motorcycle road racer