There are numbers that inspire in Valentino Rossi’s neverending story. You read it, read it again and in no time you will see a thousand chapters of an incredible legend. Nine world championships were won in four different categories: one in the 125cc class, one in the 250cc and one in the 500cc class. This class then gave way to MotoGP, in which Rossi became (and is) the absolute king. Six world championship titles, five of which (an exciting story) in a row, from 2001 to 2005.
Valentino’s career began at the age of 2 and a few months when a minibike with wheels arrives at his father Graziano’s house, on which Rossi starts to race. Immediately. Better without wheels. Indeed, Baby-Vale takes them off immediately. Then there are the years of fun, the apecar on the streets of Tavullia, the police stopping it.
The 125cc race
Too fast, Rossi, who made his world championship debut in 1996 in the 125cc class. The first podium came in Austria (August 4th), his first victory a few weeks ago in Brno Rossi’s bike is a “private” Aprilia. Aprilia promoted Rossi to the factory team in 1997 and won the title.
The race in 250
As world champion, Vale immediately jumps to 250. Only one academic year (1998), which ends in second place in the final ranking (behind Capirossi) and then comes the world championship (1999). Relentless.
The race in 500 and MotoGP
At the end of this season Rossi lands in the premier class, the 500, on one of the most powerful motorcycles in history. Aprilia’s parting coincides with a hug from Honda. We’re in 2000, the season starts up like the 500cc experience, but Valentino still takes two GPs (Great Britain and Brazil) and takes second place. Yes, just like in the 250cc class, Rossi wins his first MotoGP title with his factory Honda, the Nastro Azzurro, and starts the fantastic series of world victories with it.
2002 season: Despite the difficult relationship with Honda, Vale beats everyone with 11 wins and 4 second places.
Same movie at the 2003 World Cup, but Honda and Rossi parted ways at the end of the season. It’s no easy tear, no doubt, but Valentino is looking for new motivations and, above all, a more welcoming environment.
And here it is at Yamaha. A Yamaha that is still small, but Rossi feels like his own. The debut in South Africa is a chill for everyone. Vale wins and cries. Then the crazy and tricky race for the favorites Biaggi and Gibernau and the World Cup belongs to him.
How it will be in 2005. Bad luck shapes Valentino’s path in MotoGP 2006. A crash in Valencia prevents him from fighting for the title. He finished 13 ‘and the world champion becomes Hyden. The last two titles come in 2008 and 2009, while the 2010 season is marked by the very serious injury Vale sustained during the Mugello tests. It is June 5th: a broken double leg and an operation. The stop costs the World Cup sprint, but Rossi still performs the miracle of returning to the track just a month and 10 days after the operation (July 18 in Germany).
The first bracket at Yamaha ends and here are the two seasons (2011 and 2012) at Ducati.
Bad things are going wrong. Rossi does not feel comfortable at Desmosedici, he suffers and does not get past seventh place in both seasons. In 2011 it was the drama about Simoncelli’s death that shaped Valentino, among others, together with Edwards in the accident in Malaysia that cost Sic’s life.
The return to Yamaha
The return to Yamaha is in 2013, but the overwhelming power of Honda and Marquez is driving Valentino’s ambitions down. It should be noted that in 2015 he lost the World Cup due to the clash with Marquez himself. The friendship between the two ends in Malaysia after a close fight on the track, Rossi comes into contact with Márquez during a dangerous overtaking maneuver. The maneuver is considered wrong and must therefore be sanctioned. The penalty for Vale will be starting from last place in Valencia at the final GP of the season. Impossible to defend and defend (7 points ahead) from Lorenzo who becomes world champion. Between the pipes.
2016 comienza con el pie derecho. Valentino apunta directo a la ‘estrella’ de su Mundial (el number 10 de su carrera), pero la determinación y el optimismo no son suficientes, como lo es la continuidad de resultados que, en cualquier caso, coincide con solo dos victorias.
Rossi es segundo y con 2017 comienza la fase más complicada y ávida de resultados de su carrera. The 25 de junio, en Holanda, Vale gana un GP espectacular y sube al podio como un niño. Un chico de 38 años y 129 días, o el piloto ‘más viejo’ de la historia en ganar una carrera de MotoGP (y clase 500). Este es el último flash ganador de Rossi, que no ha ganado desde junio de 2017.
La Yamaha, su M1, ya no es la moto que podría acercarle a su sueño y sobre todo sufre por la fuerza de Honda, el relanzamiento de Ducati y la sorpresa de Suzuki, campeona del mundo en el año de la pandemia, 2020. Estamos en 2021. Rossi pasa del equipo oficial Yamaha al equipo satélite Petronas. Los resultados no llegan, las perspectivas se tornan sombrías inmediatamente después del inicio de la temporada. Mientras tanto, se lanza el proyecto Team VR46-Ducati, que aterrizará en MotoGP in 2022. Y otro sueño hecho realidad. Antes del futuro. De su nuevo futuro. [/ Vc_column_text] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]