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It all started on the 18th of April 2004 when Valentino Rossi clinched victory at the South African Grand Prix on his very first outing with Yamaha. Since then, the pair have had an incredible partnership with The Doctor piloting a Yamaha M1 to four premier class World Championships. A marriage that has stretched over 15 MotoGP™ seasons will come to an end next year when the Italian moves to the satellite squad, Petronas Yamaha SRT. Here, we take a look at his finest moments in the royal blue of factory Yamaha in a trip down motogp.com's memory lane.
Another year and another title for Rossi and Yamaha in 2005. It would be Rossi's fifth straight MotoGP™ crown, a feat that is yet to be bettered in the modern-era of the premier class. Here's how The Doctor clinched another title in Sepang, despite coming across the line in second behind Ducati's Loris Capirossi.
WATCH - The streak was brought to an end in one of the stand-out MotoGP™ seasons. Rossi wasn't crowned premier class Champion for the first time since 2000 when American Nicky Hayden clinched an emotional debut World Championship. 2006 was full of highs and lows for the Italian, perfectly illustrated below.
WATCH - Another difficult year for Rossi as the ended the 2007 World Championship in third place, his lowest position in the standings since the 1996 125cc World Championship. However, The Doctor was able to bring to an end what was, at the time, his longest winless streak in the MotoGP™ class of five races in Jerez.
WATCH - The Doctor is back. After two frustrating seasons where Rossi and Yamaha lost the title for two consecutive seasons to Nicky Hayden's Honda and Casey Stoner's Ducati, he switched from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres and was back on top of the world again. Here are the eight steps that helped him to his eighth title.
And how can we talk about 2008 and not touch on the 2008 United States Grand Prix. Rossi vs Stoner. Laguna Seca. The Corkscrew. Need we say more? In this flashback video from 2018, both Rossi and Stoner reflect on the iconic MotoGP™ moment.
Rossi and Stoner at the corkscrew: 10 years on
Recently voted by British MotoGP™ fans as the greatest race: Catalunya 2009. Another iconic Rossi moment as he beat teammate and fellow Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap. Last year, ten years on from the race, we spoke to those involved in the Barcelona battle.
10 years since Rossi & Lorenzo went head-to-head in Montmelo
2010 also marked the end of an era, as Rossi would leave Yamaha for Ducati at the end of the season. Here's a look back at the first six years of the Rossi and Yamaha partnership.
Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha era
WATCH - After two years away from the blue of Yamaha, Rossi returned in 2013 and it didn't take him long before we have once again back on the top step of the podium. After over two and a half years and, incredibly, 46 races without tasting victory, The Doctor took the chequered flag at the Dutch TT.
To date, his last MotoGP™ victory. Rossi held off a charging Danilo Petrucci to take win number 115 of his Grand Prix career. After the race, he spoke with motogp.com about what it feels like to be a premier class race winner again at nearly 40-year-old.
MotoGP Rewind: A recap of the #DutchGP
2018 marked one of the most staggering stats of Valentino Rossi's career when on lap 15 of the Spanish Grand Prix, he completed the 40,075th kilometre of his career. Therefore, The Doctor had done a full lap of the world throughout his Grand Prix career.
Rossi races once around the world!
Rossi also sat down for twenty minutes with MotoGP™'s Matt Birt as he reflected on his life in the paddock over the past twenty years.
Valentino Rossi opens up on his life in Grand Prix racing