Who is he?
Valentino Rossi is a motorcycle, automotive and sports executive. He is the most famous Italian motorcycling rider, thanks to the 9 world titles he won. He is the only driver in the world to have won in four classes of different categories. His career began in 1996 and ended in 2021. Throughout his professional career he has always used the 46 as a race number, even in the years in which he had the opportunity to show off the 1 of reigning champion, as this was the number previously used in the world championship both by his father, and later by a Japanese rider of whom he was very passionate, Norifumi Abe; from the latter Rossi also drew inspiration for his first nickname at the beginning in the 125 class, Rossifumi, which was followed by Valentinik with the passage to the 250 class and finally The Doctor after the first title obtained in the premier class (which still accompanies him today ).
125 class: The 1996 season of the world championship marks Valentino Rossi’s debut in the world championship. After some notable performances, he obtained his first victory in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, in Brno, after having also conquered his first pole position: he also obtained a third place in Austria and ends the season in 9th place with 111 points.
250 class: Starting from 1998 he runs in the 250 class. He spends a year of acclimatization inside one of the Aprilia officers team. He ends the season in second place with 201 points, and gets 5 wins, 3 second places and 1 third place. In 1999 he became world champion of the 250 with 309 points; he gets 9 wins, 2 second places and 1 third place. In 2000 he moved to the 500 class
500 class and Moto Gp: In these two categories the champion beats all records by winning 8 world championships and beating the best champions up to that time. He wins in 2001/02/03/04/05/08/09. He is the only driver who has ever won 4 world titles in a row.
He ends his career in 2021 leaving behind a history and a phenomenal career.