VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 14: The team Yamaha give a thanks to Valentino Rossi of Italy and Petronas Yamaha SRT on track (Grazie Vale) during the MotoGP of Comunitat Valenciana: Race at Ricardo Tormo Circuit on November 14, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

MotoGP| Thank you Vale!

Once upon a time, this is how the most beautiful fairy tales begin and certainly also that of Valentino Rossi. Not only a great driver but also a great man.
Him: the man of records, the man who made thousands of people passionate about MotoGP.
He started when he was 17 and retired at the age of 42. The pilot par excellence, the example of all today’s pilots.
It would be too easy to tell his story through numbers and his achievements over the years, such as Laguna Seca 2008 or Barcelona 2009 not to mention his first victory with Yamaha at Welkom in 2004. There is, however, a recurring number in his career: number 9.

  • 9 world championships won
  • 89 MotoGP victoriesMotoGP
  • 199 podiums
  • 432 appearances (4 + 3+ 2 = 9)
  • 29 circuits on which he won

But Valentino is much more than numbers; he is a living legend, like Ronaldo in football , Federica Pellegrini in swimming or Lewis Hamilton for Formula 1.
And precisely for this reason his retirement did not go unnoticed so much that he was honored by personalities from sport, music, cinema and television.