Often regarded as of the best motorcycle riders of the current generation, Valentino Rossi is an Italian rider who currently races in the MotoGP class with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.
125cc and 250cc Class
The Italian rider won his first 125cc Championship in 1998, which was his second professional season. Riding the Aprilia, Rossi managed to finish on the podium in all but two races that season.
After a dominating display in the 125cc class, the Italian rider moved to 250cc Class. Rossi finished second in his first season and took the championship the very next year, securing 12 podiums and 9 wins in the process.
2000 would mark the debut season of Valentino Rossi in the premier class. Riding for Nastro Azzurro Honda, the Italian clinched second place in the championship in his very first season. The very next season, Rossi took home the championship gold with the Nastro Azzuro Honda team.
The 2002 season saw the introduction of the MotoGP class and the Repsol Honda team. Valentino Rossi continued to dominate the sport with Honda and took home two more championships in as many seasons. The 2003 Australian Grand Prix is probably the most memorable race of the Italian while driving for Repsol Honda. The Italian managed to secure a victory in that race despite receiving a 10-second penalty for overtaking under yellow flags.
Valentino Rossi moved to Yamaha the following year after a tussle with the former team and continued to dominate the sport. The Italian went on to win two more Championships in the following two years, taking his tally to five consecutive MotoGP championships.
Honda’s Nicky Hayden and Ducati’s Casey Stoner won the championships in 2006 and 2007 when Rossi finished second and third respectively. Valentino Rossi was back on the top step of the podium the following two years, which took his total tally of MotoGP Championships to 7.
The Italian suffered an accident during the 2010 season and was sidelined for a good portion of the season. Rossi returned to racing quicker than expected and finished the championship in the third place.
Valentino Rossi raced for the Ducati team in the 2011 and the 2012 season, which saw drastically drop down the field. The prolific Italian failed to secure even a single win during his two-year stint with the Italian team, which were his only seasons without a race win.
After the Ducati’s contract expired in 2012, Rossi returned to the Yamaha Factory team for the 2013 MotoGP season. The Italian was back to his winning ways with the Japanese manufacturer and took the second place in the championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016 season.
Currently, the Italian is second in the 2018 MotoGP Championship, trailing the four-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez.
Valentino Rossi has over 100 Grand Prix wins to his name and with his current form, he is sure to add even more to his name before he bids farewell to the sport.