Career Profile of the new 500cc World Champion, Valentino Rossi
Profile of Valentino Rossi - 500cc World Champion, 2001
Birth date: 16/02/1979
Birth place: Urbino, ItalyFirst Grand Prix: 1996 Malaysia 125cc
First Pole Position: 1996 Czech Republic 125cc
First Race Fastest Lap: 1996 France 125cc
First Podium: 1996 Austria 125cc
First GP Victory: 1996 Czech Republic 125ccGrand Prix Starts 90
500cc Starts 30
250cc Starts 30
125cc Starts 30Grand Prix Victories 37
500cc Victories 11
250cc Victories 14
125cc Victories 12
2nd Placements 10
3rd placements 10Podium 57
Pole Positions 14
Race Fastest Lap 33World Championship Wins 3
2001 500ccTotal Points (ongoing streak) 1426Profile:
> Born February 16, 1979 in Urbino. Son of Graziano Rossi, who was third in the 1979 250cc World Championship on a Morbidelli. He begins his sporting career in 1990 in mini-moto competitions. In 1993 he debuts with Cagiva in the Italian 125cc Sport Production championship, where he has his first victories, subsequently taking the title in 1994.
> In 1995
he rides in the European Championships as an official Aprilia rider, finishing the season in third place. The very same year he retains his Italian 125cc Championship crown.> 1996:
World Championship debut at the 125cc Malaysian GP riding an Aprilia in Team Scuderia AGV.
Final Championship position: 9th with 111 points
1 victory: Czech Republic> 1997:
Becomes second youngest ever 125cc World Champion riding an Aprilia for the Nastro Azzurro Team.
Final Championship position: 1st with 321 points
11 wins: Malaysia, Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, Imola, Germany, Brazil, Great Britain, Catalunya and Indonesia.> 1998:
Moves up to 250cc class riding an Aprilia for the Nastro Azzurro Team.
Final Championship position: 2nd with 201 points
5 wins: Netherlands, Imola, Catalunya, Australia and Argentina. > 1999:
Becomes the youngest ever 250cc World Champion riding for the Aprilia Grand Prix Racing Team.
Final Championship position: 1st with 309 points
9 wins: Spain, Italy, Catalunya, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, South Africa and Brazil.> 2000:
Moves up to the premier 500cc class riding a Honda for the Nastro Azzuro Team.
Final Championship position: 2nd with 209 points
2 wins: Great Britain and Brazil> 2001:
Takes the 500cc World Championship riding a Honda for the Nastro Azzuro Team.
Final Championship position: 1st - 275 points after 14 of 16 rounds.
9 wins: Japan, South Africa, Spain, Catalunya, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Portugal, Pacific and Australia.
Other facts about Rossi´s career:
> Rossi is the youngest ever rider to win titles in three different classes. The only other two riders to win titles in three classes are Phil Read (125, 250, 500) and Mike Hailwood (250, 350, 500)> Rossi is the fourth youngest rider ever to win the 500cc title after Freddie Spencer, Mike Hailwood and John Surtees. > Rossi has won 37 Grand Prix races before the age of 23. This is far more than any other rider in the 53 year history of the World Championship series, the second best being Loris Capirossi who won 15 Grand Prix before the age of 23. > Rossi has won nine races during 2001. Only two riders, Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini, have won more races in the 500 class in a single season.