Born in Urbino on February 16, 1979, Valentino Rossi grew up in Tavullia, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino.

Since he was a child he began to be fascinated by the world of motors. In fact his father Graziano was a motorcyclist in the 70’s and passed the passion to his son.

When he was only 9 years old, he began to touch the world of motors, participating in GoKart races.

The decision to switch to two wheels, however, comes a year later, when he decides to switch to minimoto.

The beginnings

He made his motorcycle debut in 1993, on the Magione circuit, riding a Cagiva Mito 125.

The first title came the following year, when he took part in the Sport Production championships. In 1995 comes the national title of the 125.


1996 is the year of his arrival in the 125 class motorcycling world championship on Aprilia. 1996 is the year of his first victory in the Czech Republic GP at Brno.

The explosion came the following season, the year in which Rossi achieved 11 victories that earned him his first world title.

He then began to make himself known to the general public, thanks in part to his particular playful ways of celebrating victories.


The triumphant season of ’97 will allow him to reach the 250 class, Rossi gets a second place with 201 points, just behind the champion Loris Capirossi.

But success was not long in coming, in fact in 1999 he managed to win 9 Grand Prix winning the second world title.


He arrived in the top class of motorcycling in 2000, riding a Honda. That year will see him win two Grand Prix, get three second places and five third places. That will make him second in the overall standings.

But just as in 250, in 500 the success came a year later. In fact, the following year, thanks to 11 victories, Rossi obtained 325 points that will allow him to win his first world title in the top class.

From that year onward, Rossi achieved success after success, going down in history as one of the greatest riders of all time.

He managed to achieve 9 world titles, placing himself behind only Giacomo Agostini, winner of 15 titles.


The choice of the number 46, now iconic in the world of motorcycling, dates back to a very specific episode of Valentino Rossi’s childhood.

This is what his father said: “As a child, Valentino always watched the Japanese races in the middle of the night, and in one of them a rider who had the number 46 triumphed, and from there he chose it as his own.

Curiosities and Gossip

Valentino Rossi is called “The Doctor” by his fans and insiders. The nickname is born, from the fact that in Italy when you are good at something, you are said to be a doctor.

Rossi had many disagreements with some of his historical rivals, among them the most recent one with the Spanish duo Marquez-Lorenzo.

Numerous are the flirts that have been attributed to him. The first VIP relationship was with Martina Stella, TV showgirl. Today he is happily engaged to the 25-year-old model Francesca Sofia Novello.

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