|Nicknames||Rossifumi, Valentinik, The Doctor, GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)|
|Date of Birth||16th February 1979|
|Birth Place||Urbino, Pesaro e Urbino, Italy|
|Family||Father – Graziano Rossi (Former motorcycle racer)
Mother – Stefania
|Current Team||Fiat Yamaha Team|
|Known for||* Clownish upstart to being dubbed “The Doctor” for his calculated and precise way of out-racing opponents.
* Colorful helmets
|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 :
Kenny Roberts Sr.:
Frankie Chili :
|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.”