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 18. Since then, he never missed a race and has been making records, one after another.
Here are some reasons why he is the greatest biker of our times, and the face of YAMAHA too!
Collecting all there is
He has won six world championships in the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009, which is the highest number of championships ever won by a single man.
Our home boy
In 2004, he signed up with Yamaha and raced in the opening season of the Grand Prix in South Africa. He won the championship to become the first ever rider to win premier class championships in a sequence, representing two different manufacturers.
Out of the 16 races held in 2004 season he won nine, securing the World Championship title for himself.
Setting the bar
The year 2005 was extremely good because he won eleven races in total to become the World Champion that year too.
Maintaining the legacy
He has always ridden under the number 46 which also happens to be the number that his father rode with in his racing days.
Updating the victories
As of 2013 he has won a grand total of 106 races, 80 of which are 500cc/Moto GP championships.