- Australian GP victories
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Urbino, Italy
When Valentino Rossi signed the deal with the factory Yamaha squad that will see the Italian superstar racing well into his 40s, many criticized him for blocking the path for young, up-and-coming talent. But when Rossi headed into the 2018 summer break second only to Marquez in the title, his drive, determination and ability was beyond question.
This season marks the nine-time World Champion’s 23rd consecutive Grand Prix campaign, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018 marked the Italian great’s 382nd Grand Prix appearance.
His first started at the Malaysian Grand Prix back in 1996 where he finished sixth overall from 13th on the grid.
His first pole position came at the sixth round in France, where he crashed out of the race, and he celebrated his first podium four rounds later in Austria. Next time out, at the Czech Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi scored his first Grand Prix victory, ushering in a new icon of world motorcycle racing.
Since then he’s notched up more than 230 podiums and 65 pole positions and has collected more than 115 Grand Prix wins and nine World Championship trophies.
With just two full seasons left to claim his elusive 10th world title, the 39-year-old maestro shows no signs of slowing down.
The Italian finished third in the rankings for 2018, and sixth at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018. With long publicised issues with the Yamaha package throughout 2018, he'll be looking forward to changes in machinery for the 2019 season.