Valentino Rossi

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Name Valentino Rossi
Nicknames Rossifumi, Valentinik, The Doctor, GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)
Profession Motorcycle racer
Date of Birth 16th February 1979
Birth Place Urbino, Pesaro e Urbino, Italy
Height 182 cm
Weight 64 Kg
Nationality Italian
Zodaic sign Aquarius
Family Father – Graziano Rossi (Former motorcycle racer)
Mother – Stefania
Residence London, UK
Current Team Fiat Yamaha Team
Bike number 46
Pole Positions 45
Podiums 127
Known for * Clownish upstart to being dubbed “The Doctor” for his calculated and precise way of out-racing opponents.
* Colorful helmets
Class MotoGP
Bike Yamaha
First racing love Go-karts
Debut Race – 1991
Grand Prix – MAL 125cc, 1996
Pole Position – CZE 125cc, 1996
Race Fastest Lap – FRA 125cc, 1996
Podium – AUT 125cc, 1996
GP Victory – CZE 125cc, 1996
Inspired by ‘Norifumi’ Abe (Japanese rider)
Inspiration for the choice of number 46 A Japanese “wild card” racer whom he saw on television speeding past much more seasoned riders in a wet race.
Achievements * Multiple MotoGP World Championships.
* Ranked as 63rd in the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity 100 List (2005).
* The youngest rider ever to win the 125cc World Championship.
* Ranked as 64th in the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity 100 List (2006).
* Ranked as the 2nd highest paid non US citizen athlete in their “International 20” (2006).
Records * Youngest ever won the Italian 125cc champion, and third in the European championship (1995).
* First rider in the history of the sport to win back-to-back premier class races for different manufacturers.
* The first rider in the 55-year history of Moto GP to take back-to-back victories riding machines from two different manufacturers, The 2003 Repsol Honda RC211V and the 2004 Gauloises Yamaha YZR M1.
* One of the two riders to win back-to-back titles on different machinery with Repsol Honda RC211V (2003) and with Gauloises Yamaha YZR M1 (2004).
* The youngest rider ever to have won World Championships in all three classes 125GP, 250GP, and the 500GP/Moto GP.* First in all time podium standings with 104 podiums in premier class.
* First in most podiums in a season with 16 podiums (2003 and 2005).
* First in fastest laps in a season with 12 fastest laps (2003).
* Only rider to win three races after starting the race from 11th or lower on the grid (British GP 2001, German GP 2006 & Dutch TT 2007).* First rider ever to win the MotoGP class at the age of 23.
* Second rider ever to win the premier class title with a two-stroke and a four-stroke machine.
* Fourth youngest rider ever to win the 500cc title.
* Eighth rider to have won three or more successive premier-class titles.
* Only rider to win seven consecutive races at his home Grand Prix at Mugello (2002-2008).
Trademarks * Eye-catching incredible style
* Sense of humor
* Ways of celebrating his victories
Text on his helmet Refers to the name of his group of friends: “The Tribe of the Chihuahua”
Letters on his leathers VVLF – “Viva La Figa” (Italian)
Most featuring design in the helmet Sun & Moon motif, signifying the two sides of his personality
Author of Valentino’s helmet’s design Aldo Drudi
Night before a race Spends time with his bike in the garage checking the positions of all the stickers.
Much commented habit Adjusting the fit of his leathers by standing straight up on the foot-pegs, while riding the pit-lane before the start of race or practice
Superstitious beliefs * Stops at about 2 m from his bike, bend over and reach his boots.
* He will crouch down and hold the right-side foot-peg, with his head bowed after arriving at his bike.
* Always puts one boot on before the other, one glove on before the other, and he always gets on the bike the same way.
About himself “I’m Valentino Rossi. And I want to be a Person not an Icon”
Hobbies Soccer, radio-controlled toys, motocross, skiing
Interests Guitar, Racing and football
Loves Everything that goes fast, off-road, rally or road racing
Favorite foot ball club Inter Milan
Autobiography What If I’d Never Tried It
Biography “Valentino Rossi: The Flying Doctor” by Mat Oxley
About his turtle tattoo “Because I like the animal a lot. I had it as a mascot from when I was very young.”
About him Mick Doohan :
“Rossi is mentally strong and he never gives up.”

Brad Pitt :
“He is a magician. He’s mesmerizing. He’s the fastest man on two wheels. It’s speed but it’s also balance. … Rossi has a sort of innate sense of balance that’s beyond mortal man.”

Colin Edwards:
“It seems Valentino can ride pretty much anything.”

Randy Mamola:
“Valentino breaks other people’s spirits by dominating practise and qualifying.”

Giacomo Agostini:
“I think the motivation Valentino has shown this year is a demonstration of his love for the sport”.

Kenny Roberts Sr.:
“Rossi is a natural born motorcycle racer, like Tiger Woods is a natural born golfer.

Frankie Chili :
“The young riders all want to be the new Valentino, but Valentino is unique and nobody can be the same.”

Nicky Hayden:
“Valentino Rossi… He’s the guy who’s setting the pace. He’s the guy who’s setting the standard.”

Shane Byrne:
“He is the show, he is MotoGP at the moment.”

Facts * Rode his first mini bike at the age of just two and a half.
* Began racing as a teenager, first with karts, then with mini motors (mini bikes).
* Started his career on a mini bike at the coastal resorts near his home, Tavullia.
* He won the regional kart championship in 1990.
* Lives in his apartment in London (Knightsbridge).
* In his hometown many buildings have murals in his honor.
* His childhood friends are running a fan club in Tavullia.
* Crew Chief, Jeremy Burgess, continued to support him (who moved from Honda to work with him in the Yamaha).
* Forbes magazine reported him as the ninth highest paid sportsman (jointly with Lance Armstrong) in 2004 with earnings of $28m.
* He was the team-mate of the youngest AMA Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden (2003).
Quotes “I try to have a different relationship with the bike. I don’t give it a name, but I always speak with it. I don’t know if the other riders do the same. This is not only a piece of metal – there is a soul. The bike talks back too. But not with a voice, with the components”

“When I made the decision to move to Yamaha many people thought it was a stupid thing to do, even my father and Jeremy Burgess. But I was already committed and have never looked back since.”

“When I looked at my best lap time I thought it was like a symphony of violins – perfect, so I decided that if I won I would do this celebration across the finish line!”

“125 racing was more like a game. 250 started to become serious and this is more serious, because this bike is dangerous…it’s necessary every time to be quiet and respectful with the bike. Very respectful.”

“Riding a race bike is an art – a thing that you do because you feel something inside.”

Official Website www.fanclubvalentinorossi.com

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