In his 369th Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will be completing his 8730th overall lap on the fifteenth of the Spanish GP. What’s so special about that, more than the incredible longevity? Upon completing Lap 15, the ‘Doctor’ will be reaching an remarkable milestone – racing the equivalent distance of a lap of the world, 40,075km.
What kind of lap of the world? The circumference of the Earth. And it’s taken Rossi 23 seasons to race it, in which he’s taken 115 wins, 228 podiums and nine World Championships across four categories. A world of success – quite literally.