GoogleCustom Search

2004 Valentino Rossi Rider Profile


    Five-times world champion Valentino Rossi will contest the 2004 MotoGP world championship in the Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team, alongside Carlos Checa. The Italian rider has been the dominating force of the new MotoGP four-stroke era and now takes up a new challenge with Yamaha.

    The son of former racer Graziano Rossi, Valentino contested his first bike race at the age if 12 when he switched from karts to minimoto. He quickly progressed through the Italian domestic scene, collecting a 125cc Italian sports production title along the way, before being crowned 125cc Italian champion in 1995 and taking third in the 125cc European championship in the same year.

    His debut on the world stage came at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 1996 and he finished his first international season in ninth place with one race win. The following year he became the youngest ever rider to win the 125cc world championship, winning eleven races along the way with Aprilia. The pattern continued when he moved into the 250cc class, taking second place in his first year before becoming world champion in 1999, once again with Aprilia.

    In 2000 he entered a new phase of his career when he joined forces with Honda in the 500cc class. He proved his worth once again by finishing second, before becoming the last ever 500cc world champion in 2001, also finding time to claim a Suzuka Eight-Hour win along the way with Colin Edwards. Rossi has held onto his crown, taking the MotoGP world title in 2002 and 2003. The flamboyant Tavullian has now made the switch to Yamaha for the 2004 season. He will be 25 in February and remains the youngest rider to have won world titles in all three classes. Riding in Gauloises colours, he will continue to have the support of his long-standing crew chief, Jeremy Burgess, who will work with him in the Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team.

    One of the most popular members of the paddock, 'The Doctor' has a wide fan base all over the world. A keen football fan and a promising rally driver, he is now based in London between races.

  1. Date of birth - 16.02.1979
  2. Place of birth - Urbino, Italy
  3. Nationality - Italian
  4. Residence - London, UK
  5. Height - 182 cm
  6. Weight - 59 kg
  7. Marital status - Single
  8. Hobbies - Soccer, radio-controlled toys
  9. Bike - YZR-M1
  10. Grand Prix contested in total - 124
  11. First Grand Prix - 1996
  12. First race - 1991
  13. Victories in total - 59
  14. First victory - 1996
  15. Podiums - 90
  16. First podium - 1996
  17. Pole positions - 30
  18. First pole - 1996
  19. World championship wins in total - 5
  20. 2004 - Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team, MotoGP World Championship
  23. 2001 - 500 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION, Winner Suzuka Eight Hours
  24. 2000 - 2nd, 500 MotoGP World Championship
  25. 1999 - 250 GP WORLD CHAMPION
  26. 1998 - 2nd, 250 MotoGP World Championship
  27. 1997 - 125 GP WORLD CHAMPION
  28. 1996 - 9th, 125 MotoGP World Championship
  29. 1995 - 125cc Italian Champion, 3rd - 125 cc European Championship
  30. 1994 - 125cc Italian Sports Production Champion

    * correct as of 21.01.2004