Valentino Rossi - the one name that is almost synonymous with MotoGP World Championships. Since entering the premier class over fifteen years ago, the Italian rider has won seven riders' championships and also won three championships in a row, ushering in a new era of dominance in MotoGP.
With over a hundred wins in over 300 Grand Prix starts, Rossi provided the racing fans with plenty of edge-of-the-seat action, and in this article, let us look closer at the six most memorable races of Valentino Rossi.
#6 Phillip Island 2001
Starting the race from the second place, Valentino Rossi had to battle his Italian compatriot Max Biaggi throughout the race to secure a memorable win, which he will cherish for a long time.
Rossi trailed Biaggi in the last lap of the race, but a slick move in the final corners of the Grand Prix ensured that Rossi would finish ahead of his countryman with a slender margin of 0.013 seconds. Loris Capirossi and Alex Barros finished third and fourth, less than a second behind the winner Valentino Rossi.
This win at the Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit ensured that the Italian secured his first MotoGP riders' championship.
#5 Welkom 2004
After switching to an unproven Yamaha vehicle, many thought that the 2004 season would be a struggle for the Italian rider. However, Rossi had other ideas for he stormed to victory in the opening race of the season to become the first rider to win successive races with two different constructors.
Rossi started the race from pole position and maintained blistering pace throughout the length of the Grand Prix, leaving most riders way behind his tail. However, his nemesis, Max Biaggi, pushed the Italian to his limits as the both exchanged the lead on multiple occasions.
In the end, it was Rossi who came out on top, finishing less than a second ahead of Max Biaggi.