Born In: Urbino, Italy
Valentino Rossi, the ultimate idol of international motorbike racing, is one of the most talented and successful motorbike racers ever. Harboring a passion for race at a very young age, he won his first world racing title at the age of eighteen. Since then, he never missed a race and has been making records, one after another. Undoubtedly, he is on the track to becoming a motorbike legend or rather, he is one already! He is also known for being a tad superstitious, especially, before competing in any race. His pre-ride rituals, as they are called, include bending down and holding the right-side foot-peg of his bike with his head bowed. For this he once made a statement, "It’s just a moment to focus and ‘talk’ to my bike, like moving from one place to the next." In 2009, he bagged in his seventh moto GP World Championship. Today, he is one of most famous celebrities and is one of the greatest sportspersons. His achievements in the sport make him the most successful racer ever. However, this coveted racer is quite discreet about his personal life and likes to stay off the radar.
father: Graziano Rossi
mother: Stefania Rossi
siblings: Clara Rossi, Luca Marini
Born Country: Italy
Valentino was born on February 16, 1979. He is the son of Graziano Rossi, who was also a motorcycle racer once. As a child, he was given a kart instead of a bike, because his mother was worried about her son’s safety.
When he was 5, his kart’s 60cc motor was replaced with a 100cc motor for more speed and in 1990, he won the local kart championship.
His next move was big and ambitious i.e. he participated in the World Championship in 1996, in the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished 9th.
In 1998, he took up 250cc racing and came second in the World Championship which was won by Loris Capirossi.
He won the 250cc World Championship held in 1999, in Aprilia, where he had won his first world championship title.
In 2000, he signed up with Honda to race in the 500cc class and was mentored by Michael Doohan, a former 500 cc World Champion. He raced that year and finished second to Kenny Roberts, Jr.
The 500 cc World Championship conducted its final race in 2001, and Rossi who had come second the previous year, finished first and claimed the championship.
The year 2005, was extremely good because he won eleven races in total to become the World Champion that year too.
By 2013, he had won an grand total of 106 races, 80 of which are 500cc/MotoGP championships.
In 2008, he wad romantically linked to Mandala Tayde. He later started dating Francesca Novello. In March 2022, they welcomed their child named Giulietta Rossi.
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