Valentino Rossi History and Facts

Information and history on the Italian multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi riding for Ducati in 2011

Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979 in Urbino, Italy. Rossi has become one of the greatest riders in MotoGP, with multiple championship and race victories across GP125, 250 GP, 500 Grand Prix and MotoGP.

The first championship victory for Rossi came in 1997 when he piloted the Aprilia RS125 to number one, in his second year in the 125 Grand Prix class. His two-stroke career developed a pattern with Valentino Rossi taking one year to learn the Grand Prix motorcycle before becoming champion in his second year, this occured in both the 250 and 500 Grand Prix championships.

In 2009 Valentino Rossi celebrated his 100th Grand Prix win at Assen by unveiling a banner detailing all of his celebrations and we have collected together a top 10 of Rossi's celebrations.

The 2010 season has not gone to plan after the Valentino Rossi Mugello crash. See here for a gallery of the Rossi Mugello crash pics that resulted in a broken leg. Following the crash Rossi tested the Yamaha R1 at Brno before returning at Sachsenring.

For 2011 the story that Valentino Rossi to Ducati dominated the news headlines and ending the Rossi Yamaha partnership where many thought he would end his career. The Rossi Ducati

Another Valentino Rossi rumour was of a move to Formula 1 after Rossi tested the Ferrari Formula 1 car and there have been many speculations that Rossi would move to F1 with Ferrari and he has been in various talks with Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali. Rossi has also raced in rally events.

Valentino Rossi, who is also known by the nickname 'The Doctor' has become a celebrity both in and away from the MotoGP championship with an incredibly large fanbase, including a couple who dedicated their tattoos to Valentino Rossi and a large selection of Valentino Rossi merchandise.

Being in the spotlight has been difficult for Valentino Rossi, one example is paparazzis photographing Valentino Rossi's girlfriend other the years, seen in this photo gallery. There has also been speculation with people asking the question, is Valentino Rossi homosexual and is Rossi gay?

More information available at the official Valentino Rossi website and on the Rossi wiki.