Valentino Rossi, arguably one of the greatest motorbike racers of all time claims another record
Rossi has bundle of records up his sleeve in all 3 MotoGP classes, the most recent noted record being the “longest period between the first and last grand prix podium finishes”
His first podium was way back in 1996 in Austria riding in the 125cc class, his most recent Germany 2015. That’s 18 years and 342 days!
Although Rossi doesn’t hold records for most outright wins or titles, here’s some interesting records that he does hold.
- Rossi has won more 500cc/MotoGP races than any other rider in history, with 85 wins.
- Rossi has been on the podium 206 times across all grand prix classes, an all-time record.
- Rossi equalled the all-time grand prix pole position record of 58, held by Mick Doohan.
- Rossi is the only rider to have won at least one GP in 14 successive seasons.
- Rossi is the only rider to win the premier-class title on four different types of motorcycle: 500cc two-stroke Honda, 990cc four-stroke Honda, 990cc four-stroke Yamaha and 800cc four-stroke Yamaha.
- In 2004 Rossi also became only the second rider to win back-to-back premier-class titles on different makes of machinery. Eddie Lawson was the first, winning on a Yamaha in 1988 and a Honda in 1989
- Rossi’s eleven wins in 2005 is the highest number of premier-class victories in a single season by a Yamaha rider. Rossi is also the only rider to have scored five successive premier-class victories on a Yamaha.
- Rossi holds the record for successive premier-class podiums, scoring 23 successive top-three results from the Portuguese GP in 2002 to the South Africa GP in 2004.
- Rossi finished on the podium at all 16 races in 2003 (Honda), a record for number of podiums in a single season which he then equalled in 2005 (Yamaha) and 2008 (Yamaha).
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