MotoGP: 4 facts about Valentino Rossi that you probably didn't know
- Rossi is widely regarded as the most popular MotoGP rider of all time, but there are a few quirky things about him that would surprise many.
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has registered a number of amazing records to his name in his storied MotoGP career. The nine-time world champion has achieved every possible milestone you can think of; there is very little left to conquer for the Yamaha rider as he approaches 40 years of age.
Valentino 'The Doctor' Rossi has been an icon of motorcycle racing for almost two decades, with 96 race wins and 189 podium finishes throughout his career.
He is currently contracted to race for Team Movistar Yamaha until the end of the 2020 season, by which he will be 41 years old. With Marc Marquez breathing down his throat, the Italian Rossi will be looking to win his first MotoGP World Championship since 2010, knowing very well that time is not on his side.
One thing is certain though - Rossi is the most popular MotoGP rider of all time. It is widely accepted that no other rider has had such an impact on the sport as Rossi has had.
Here, we take a look at a few interesting tidbits about Rossi that most people, apart from die-hard Rossi fans, would probably not be aware of:
#1 Only MotoGP rider to complete 'a lap of the world'
At the Spanish Grand Prix of 2018, Rossi completed his 40,075th km of racing on Lap 15 - equivalent to a lap around the world.
The Circuito de Jerez Àngel Nieto saw Rossi complete 8,730 laps or up to 40,075 km, enough to travel the circumference of the earth.
The feat is all the more jaw-dropping considering that the laps in consideration are only the actual race laps, and don't include the ones logged during practice and qualifying.