Valentino Rossi was born in Urbino on 16 February 1979, although he grew up in Tavullia with his mother. He is the son of motorcycle racer Graziano Rossi, therefore he started his career on two wheels very early. Since his first go-kart races to those with high-powered bikes, Valentino Rossi has always raced with the number 46, the same that his father had chosen.
At the age of 13, with the Cagiva Mito 125, he participated in the Sport Production championship. In 1996, he made his debut in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing. He won his first 125cc racing in 1997 with Aprilia, whereas two years later, in 1999, he won the 250cc racing. In the year 2000, Rossi stepped up to the higher category: his debut in the 500cc category was with Honda. The first title came in 2001. With Honda, Valentino Rossi has won in total three world titles. Driven also by the rivalry with racer Max Biaggi, who accused him of winning because he had the faster bike, the “Dottore” (doctor) – one of Valentino’s nicknames – decided to run with Yamaha, with which he has won four titles more. In the mid-2000s, the competition on the circuit became harder.
First American racer Nicky Hayden and later Australian Casey Stoner put Rossi on the background. In 2008, Valentino reaffirmed his superiority and in the following year he won his ninth world title. In the two years 2010-2011, the competition of his teammate – Spanish racer Jorge Lorenzo – drove Rossi to move to Ducati. During 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, Rossi was involved in the accident that led to the death of his dear friend Marco Simoncelli. Valentino was deeply shocked by the event and in the following years he has taken every opportunity to bring back the memory of his friend. In 2012, being disappointed by the results he had obtained with Ducati, he decided to go back to Yamaha: the results were disappointing and in those years Spanish Lorenzo and the young Marc Marquez were dominating the championship. However, when his career seemed to be in decline, Valentino Rossi became once again competitive to win championship. With 9 world titles – 6 of which in the Moto Gp - and the absolute record of 200 podiums during his career, Valentino Rossi is a sportsman with a unique talent.