Valentino Rossi, 2005 MotoGP World Champion
Birth date: 16/02/1979
Birth place: Urbino, ITA
First Grand Prix: 1996 MAL 125cc
First Pole Position 1996 CZE 125cc
First Race Fastest Lap 1996 FRA 125cc
First Podium 1996 AUT 125cc
First GP Victory 1996 CZE 125cc
Grand Prix Starts 153
500cc/MotoGP Starts 93
250cc Starts 30
125cc Starts 30
Grand Prix Victories 77
500cc/MotoGP Victories 51
250cc Victories 14
125cc Victories 12
2nd Placements 23
3rd placements 13
Pole Positions 40
Race Fastest Lap 65
World Championship Wins 7
Total Points 2773
Born February 16, 1979 in Urbino. Son of Graziano Rossi, who was third in the 1979 250cc World Championship on a Morbidelli. Begins sporting career in 1990 in mini-moto competitions. In 1993 makes debut with Cagiva in Italian 125cc Sport Production championship, taking first victories in rookie season and winning the title in 1994.
In 1995 contests European Championships as official Aprilia rider, finishing the season in third place. Retains his Italian 125cc Championship crown and moves to the World Championship in 1996.
1996: World Championship debut at the 125cc Malaysian GP riding an Aprilia in Scuderia AGV.
Final Championship position: 9th with 111 points - 1 victory: Czech Republic.
1997: Second youngest ever 125cc 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 250 World Champion riding for the Aprilia Grand Prix Racing.
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 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 with 325 points. - 11 wins: Japan, South Africa, Spain, Catalunya, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Portugal, Pacific, Australia,
Malaysia and Brazil.
2002: Wins revised format MotoGP World Championship riding all-new four stroke Honda RC211V for the Repsol Honda Team.
Final Championship position: 1st with 355 points -11 wins: Japan, Spain, France, Catalunya, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Portugal, Brazil and Australia.
2003: Wins his second MotoGP World Championship for the Repsol Honda Team.
Final Championship position: 1st with 357 points – 9 wins: Japan, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal, Rio, Malaysia, Australia and Valencia.
2004: Moves to Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha and wins the MotoGP World Championship.
Championship position: 1st with 304 points - 9 wins: South Africa, Italy, Catalunya, Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Malaysia, Australia and Valencia.
2005: Wins the second MotoGP World Championship for the Gauloises Yamaha Team.
Championship position: 1st with 281 points - 9 wins: Spain, China, France, Italy, Catalunya, Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic.
Other facts about Rossi's career:
Rossi becomes only the third rider to have taken five or more premier-class world championships, the others being Mick Doohan with five titles and Giacomo Agostini with eight.
He is the first rider to score nine or more wins in a season in the premier-class on five occasions.
Earlier this year at the Dutch TT Rossi became the first Yamaha rider ever to win five successive premier-class races.
Rossi's win in the first round of the season at Jerez made him the only rider other than Agostini to win the opening race of the year on five successive occasions.
In 2001 Rossi became 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 was the fourth youngest rider ever to win the 500cc title after Freddie Spencer, Mike Hailwood and John Surtees.