Valentino Rossi is undeniably one of the most accomplished Italian Motorcycle road racers, his attainments have set him apart among his likes. Apart from being a multiple MotoGP World Champion, Mr. Valentino is famed for his nine Grand Prix World Championships. Out of this, seven belongs to the premier class.
If his exploits on the race track brought him fame and fortune, being the owner of Sky Racing Team reinforced it. Valentino, popularly called The Doctor, was the first to get all-time 500cc/MotoGP race win standings with a total of 89 victories. He is also the second all-time overall win standings with a total of 115 race wins. Giacomo Agostini is the first with 122 race wins. On the 3rd of June, 2018, the road racer became the first MotoGP rider to have over 5000 championship points in a career.
Valentino Rossi’s Bio (Age)
Valentino Rossi was born in Urbino, Italy on the 16th of February 1979. His father, Graziano Rossi is a retired Grand Prix motorcycle road racer whereas his mother, Stefania Rossi works with the Italian municipality of Tavullia as a Surveyor. She is proud of the three men in her life being splendid riders – Valentino has a much younger stepbrother, Luca Marini, a member of the Sky Racing Team VR46 in Moto2.
Valentino’s love for racing began with Karting and to the best of our knowledge, he started racing when he was very much a minor – at the age of 5. It is said that his father nurtured his need for speed. Thus, it wasn’t a surprise when 11-year-old Valentino, in 1990, won a kart championship. He soon moved on to minibike which saw him win many regional competitions before 1991 ran out. Later, he exclusively began racing only mini-motor (minibike) till 1993 when he won the Italian title.
In 1994, The Doctor partook in the Italian 125cc Championship with a bike prototype built by the famous Guido Mancini (former rider and Mechanic) called Sandroni which used a Rotax engine. The next year (1995) saw him switch to Aprilia, he won the 125cc Championship for Italians and reasserted himself as a force to be reckoned with when he placed himself at the third sport in the European championship. Owing to these achievements, it wasn’t a big surprise when he bagged the World Championship, his first in 1997. The star soon moved to the 250cc category also with Aprilia and again, won the World Championship in 1999.
The following year (2000), he graduated to the premier class where he kept up with his winnings, walking home with several championships. If you check the records, you will surely find that he was the winner of the 500cc World Championship of 2001. Still celebrated for that, he picked up the prime trophies of the 2002 and 2003 MotoGP World Championship.
With Yamaha which he joined after leaving Honda, he won the World Championship in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. For the 2011 season, The Doctor left Yamaha for Ducati but unfortunately had two winless seasons there. He returned to Yamaha in 2013.
The Italian Biker seems to have had a long-standing feud with younger Spanish Biker and multiple times Championship winner, Marc Marquez. In the 2015 season, Marc had a crash during a race for which Valentino received a grid penalty for the final round. He accused Marc of consciously wanting to ruin his season.
The game-related feud appeared to have been resolved in 2016 following their handshake at the Parc Ferme in the 2016 Catalan Grand Prix. This wasn’t to last long though as Valentino had a crash in the 2018 Argentinian Grand Prix due to Marc’s ‘risky’ overtake during the race. His other past rivals are Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoney and Jorge Lorenzo.
Apart from The Doctor, Valentino Rossi’s other nicknames are The Goat, WLF, Highlighter Pen and Rossifumi (in his earlier days). He received an honorary degree on May 31, 2005, in Communications and Advertising. For his efforts in promoting the world’s view of Italy, Franco Frattini, the Italian Foreign Minister, presented the first Winning Italy Award to him on March 10, 2010.
As is common with other road racers, Valentino has suffered from several crashes and injuries. The first time this bloke missed a race in his Grand Prix career was in the 2010 season following a crash at 120 mph on June 5 during his second free practice session.
In 2016, The Doctor’s heart was broken by his then-girlfriend, Linda Morselli, who is now in a relationship with Fernando Alonso, a Formula One Driver.
However, earlier this year, speculations point towards his heart being healed by the love of Sofia Novello, an Italian former professional underwear model, and Instagram star. As much as they try to keep their love life private, the Italian media swears that they are loved up.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Though it has not been generally agreed on that the height of a Motorcycle Racer determines his performance, it is believed that the racer should be in good shape weightwise and possess the agility of a professional athlete.
Looking at the attainments of Valentino Rossi, one can safely conclude that he has the perfect physical attributes for the sport. His height measures 181 cm while he weighs 69 kg. Other details of his body measurements are yet to be confirmed.