the 12 most beautiful races of Valentino Rossi

1996 – Czech Republic 125cc: first world victory

At 17 years old, Valentino Rossi (Aprilia) entered his name for the first time in the trophy of the winner of a test of the world championship, in the category of 125cc. Following a first podium in Austria (3rd), the young Italian motorcyclist stood out during the eleventh event, August 18, 1996 in the Czech Republic, celebrating his first pole position and his first victory in the Czech Republic beating the experienced Spaniard Jorge “Aspar” Martínez with an unstoppable braking (Aprilia), 33 years old. A year later, the Brno circuit served as a backdrop for his first world title.

2000 – 500cc Great Britain: first success with the big ones

Crowned 250cc world champion with Aprilia in 1999, Valentino Rossi joined the ranks of the first class with a factory Honda. In the first part of the season, the 21-year-old transalpine climbed three times to the third step of the podium. It was during the ninth round, on the English track at Donington Park, that he experienced the joy of a first hit, under pressure, winning by less than four tenths of a second against American Kenny Roberts Jr. (Suzuki), the future champion.

2001 – 500cc Australia: Grand Final against Biaggi

On the occasion of his second season in the queen category, the Urbino native impressed by winning the trifle of 11 wins in 16 races. In Australia he faced his compatriot Max Biaggi (Yamaha), one of his biggest rivals on the track, in an intense confrontation that he won, key advance, only for 13 thousandths of a second. Eager for the Phillip Island circuit, No. 46 has the honor of being one last 500cc world championbefore opening the MotoGP record the following year.

2003 – MotoGP of Australia: stronger than a penalty

Few pilots have the ability to do that win a speed test despite a ten second penalty. But this is what Valentino Rossi achieved in Australia, after being sanctioned to overtake his compatriot Marco Melandri (Yamaha) to reach the third position, with yellow flag. At an impressive pace, Tavullia’s prodigy finally manages to win solowith more than fifteen seconds of margin over another Italian, Loris Capirossi (Ducati), thus overcoming the handicap of his penalty.

2004 – MotoGP South Africa: Honda’s winning challenge to Yamaha

A queen class driver has never been able to sign two wins in a row with two different machines. At the end of two seasons, the number 46 offers this first victory with Honda during the last meeting of 2003 in Valencia, before doing the same at the beginning of the next exercise on south-south ground. African, in Welkom, on the handlebars of a Yamaha is not really the favorite of the paper. Illustrating its adaptability, “Vale” has the luxury of winning in front of a Honda quartetstarting with that of his “best enemy” Max Biaggi.

2005 – MotoGP Spain: strong progress in Gibernau

As the curtain of the season in Jerez, the Spanish public attends one high-flying performance of his protégé Sete Gibernau (Honda), faster at the exit than the poleman Valentino Rossi. But the Italian will show character by returning to his rival, leading to a succession of advances of great beauty at the end of the race. And on the last left turn, the Doctor performs a muscular maneuver by immersing himself in contact from side to sidea controversial advance but considered correct, a symbol of this victory that bears the stamp of determination.

2005 – MotoGP Great Britain: master of the rain

The best riders tend to reveal themselves thanks to the wet terrain, especially on two wheels where balancing skills are multiplied by ten. In the typical Donington flood, Valentino Rossi made up for his slow start from the pole with a insolent ease in the middle of the puddles, while their rivals fall one by one. With his Yamaha, the Italian tightrope walker demonstrates all his talent for 29 laps, mostly through a amazing “rescue” of the rear axle when coming out of a right turnleading him to victory ahead of American Kenny Roberts Jr.

2006 – MotoGP Germany: fantastic comeback

Only eleventh on the starting grid, the Doctor knows that he has to embark on a large-scale operation to consider a place on the podium. After some impressive first laps on the fast German Sachsenring track, he quickly catches up with the leading group allowing him to take control halfway through the race. At the end of his effort, Valentino Rossi narrowly won the Honda of his compatriot Marco Melandri and the American Nicky Hayden, crowned world champion at the end of the year, ending the series of four Italian titles. .

2007 – MotoGP Netherlands: 11 to 1, twice repeated

Like the German Grand Prix a year earlier, Valentino Rossi did not have the favor of the forecasts for the start in Assen, from the eleventh position on the starting grid. Despite this, on the handlebars of his Yamaha with a very showy livery, he also showed a spectacular comeback allowing him to cross swords with the strong man of the moment, Casey Stoner (Ducati). Thanks aa winning advance in four laps the checkered flag, won the Urbino native, a victory that, however, had no impact on the future title easily won by his Australian rival.

2008 – United States MotoGP: Stoner breaks under pressure

Arriving on the very mountainous route from Laguna Seca to California, “Vale” wears the costume ofdisadvantaged against reigning world champion Casey Stoner, which is riding a wave of three consecutive hits. The Australian left the pole position ahead of the Italian and the two drivers entered memorable arm wrestling exchanging leadership on several occasions. Under the pressure of this heated duel, the Ducati rider made eight laps of the goal, leaving his transalpine rival victory streak and recovery of the crown, his eighth general.

2009 – MotoGP Catalonia: advancement to the final corner

In the context of a high-intensity internal confrontation, two Yamahas go one at a time at the Barcelona circuit, 13 thousandths of a second separating the poleman Jorge Lorenzo, evolving in front of his audience, of his partner Valentino Rossi. As in the classification, the hand to hand is masterful in the race and the young Spaniard believes he has the last word, until he gets close to the final corner. The Doctor surprises him with a surgical advance inside and will take the victory by less than a tenth of a second.which led him to his ninth and final world championship title.

2013 – MotoGP Netherlands: start of the last event

Leaving two seasons without the slightest success on the handlebars of the Ducati Desmosedici, Valentino Rossi returns to the saddle in the first year of his return to Yamaha. In Assen, in a circuit that has often been successful, the number 46 has regained the first step of the podium by beating the Honda of the Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez. In 2017 he is also on the Dutch track where he will sign the last victory of his career89th in the queen category, 115th overall in the world championship.

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