Valentino Rossi may have perfected a patient and repetitive answer to the questions over his motivation, energy, and staying power in the cauldron of MotoGP over the last half a decade, but he is special at so much more than justifying the endless inquisition into his talents and energy.
At forty years of age, ‘The Doctor’ is firmly an elder statesman of the Grand Prix faculty. What is astonishing of course is that he is still so damn fast and competitive. He is not going gentle into the good fight and is still so surgical. A tricky 2018 season – his twenty-third in the FIM World Championship – may have gone without a victory (for only the third time in his career) but Rossi came extremely close (who can forget his superb charge at Sepang for example?).
To celebrate our ‘Peter Pan’ of a thrilling and hazardous sport – and one that moves many millions of fans around the world – we decided to look back at the four special victories in Valentino’s career; 4 of 115 in a record-breaking story that shows no sign of slowing.