Famous Italian Motorcycle Racers

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 1 Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi
Famous As: Italian motorcycle road racer
Birthdate: February 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tavullia, Italy

Valentino Rossi is an Italian motorcycle road racer. Having won nine Grand Prix World Championships, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever. Apart from being a famous racer, Valentino Rossi also owns the Sky Racing Team VR46, which competes in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes.

 2 Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cattolica
Died: October 23, 2011

Marco Simoncelli was an Italian motorcycle racer. From 2002 to 2011, Simoncelli competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing and won the 2008 Grand Prix Championship. While competing in the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix on 23 October, Simoncelli lost control over his motorcycle and was run over by other vehicles on the track. He died of wounds at age 24.

 3 Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Forlimpopoli

Andrea Dovizioso is a motorcycle racer who won the 125cc World Championship title at the 2004 Grand Prix. With 62 MotoGP podiums and 15 victories, Dovizioso is one of the most eminent MotoGP riders of the modern era. He is the only racer to win a MotoGP race in three separate decades, having won races in 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.

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 4 Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini
Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brescia

Giacomo Agostini is an Italian world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He amassed 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championship titles in a career spanning 17 years. Industry experts consider him one of the greatest Grand Prix riders of all time. In 2010, he was named an FIM Legend for his motorcycling achievements.  

 5 Max Biaggi

Max Biaggi
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: June 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome

Max Biaggi is an Italian retired professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is a former racing world champion who won the 2010 and 2012 World Superbike Championship. He also won the 250cc World Championship four consecutive times. His brilliant racing career earned him the nicknames 'il Corsaro' ('the Corsair') and 'the Roman Emperor.' 

 6 Lorenzo Bandini

Lorenzo Bandini
Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: December 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marj
Died: May 10, 1967

Formula One racer Lorenzo Bandini had started his career as an apprentice mechanic at 15, after his father’s death, and gradually began racing motorcycles and then moved on to cars. He sustained deadly injuries at a horrific car crash during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, and died three days later.

 7 Elio de Angelis

Elio de Angelis
Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver, Pianist
Birthdate: March 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome
Died: May 15, 1986

Born into an affluent Roman family, Elio de Angelis joined the Formula One scene with the Shadow team. He was also a talented pianist. Unfortunately, he lost his life in a fiery accident at the Paul Ricard Circuit in 1986, sparking debates about race car safety standards.

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 8 Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli
Famous As: Motorcycle rider
Birthdate: December 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 9 Tazio Nuvolari

Tazio Nuvolari
Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: November 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castel d’Ario, Italy
Died: August 11, 1953

Tazio Nuvolari was an Italian racing driver who raced motorcycles before focusing on sports cars. Nicknamed The Flying Mantuan, Nuvolari won 150 races including 24 Grands Prix, two Mille Miglias, five Coppa Cianos, two RAC Tourist Trophies, and two Targa Florios. Widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Nuvolari also won a European Drivers' Championship.

 10 Marco Melandri

Marco Melandri
Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ravenna

Marco Melandri is an Italian former motorcycle road racer who won the 2002 250 cc World Championship title. He also won MotoGP races in 2005 and 2006 before competing in Superbike World Championship in 2011. Although he retired from racing after taking part in the Superbike World Championship in 2019, Marco Melandri made a brief return in 2020.