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Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi
NameValentino Rossi
CaptionRossi at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix
Birth DateFebruary 16, 1979(age 37)
Birth PlaceUrbino, Italy
Current TeamDucati Marlboro Team
Bike Number46
MotoGP Last Season2010
MotoGP Last Position3rd (233 pts)
MotoGP Active Years2000 present
MotoGP Championships7 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
MotoGP ManufacturersHonda (2000 2003)
Yamaha (2004 2010)
Ducati (2011 present)
MotoGP Race Starts197
MotoGP Race Wins79
MotoGP Podiums139
MotoGP Poles49
MotoGP Fastest Laps66
MotoGP Total Points3456
250 Active Years1998 1999
250 Championships1 (1999)
250 ManufacturersAprilia
250 Race Starts30
250 Race Wins14
250 Podiums21
250 Poles5
250 Fastest Laps11
250 Total Points510
125 Active Years1996 1997
125 Championships1 (1997)
125 ManufacturersAprilia
125 Race Starts30
125 Race Wins12
125 Podiums15
125 Poles5
125 Fastest Laps9
125 Total Points432

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Valentino Rossi, (born February 16, 1979 in Urbino), is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name seven of which are in the premier class.

Following his father, Graziano Rossi, Rossi started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year. From there, he moved up to the 250cc category with Aprilia and won the 250cc World Championship in 1999. He won the 500cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 titles after leaving Honda to join Yamaha, before regaining the title in 2008 and retaining it in 2009. He left Yamaha to join Ducati for the 2011 season.

Rossi is first in all time 500 cc/MotoGP race wins standings, with 79 victories, and second in all time overall wins standings with 105 race wins (behind Giacomo Agostini with 122).

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