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Rossi on the trail of the great Agostini

Rossi on the trail of the great Agostini

Rossi on the trail of the great Agostini

Meteoric! It´s difficult to find any other word to describe the rise and rise of Valentino Rossi on the World Championship stage. In just six seasons the outgoing Italian has already written himself into the MotoGP World Championship history books.

On the verge of competing in his 93rd career Grand Prix, Rossi, at just twenty-three years of age, has the second highest total of GP wins of any Italian rider. His 39 victories at all levels of the MotoGP series leaves just the untouchable Agostini ahead of him. Rossi´s legendary predecessor racked up an incredible 122 victories, gained in the 500 and 350cc classes, across a career that spanned seventeen years, and included a total of 15 world titles. Amongst Rossi´s contemporaries only Max Biaggi, with 37 victories, seems capable of challenging him.

In contrast though, Biaggi, with a total of 81, and another current Italian rider, Loris Capirossi with 73, have secured more podium finishes than Rossi. With 59 podiums, Valentino only requires one more to enter into the exclusive 60 club, which only 18 riders in the history of the World Championships have managed.

MotoGP, 2002, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan, Valentino Rossi

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