The great Italian motor cycle legend retired at the end of the 2021 World MotoGP season. Over a career spanning more than a quarter of a century, the Italian’s record and personal magnetism will be hard to match or surpass, either on or off the track. Rossi’s name will forever feature in the history books.
He won nine World Championships and recorded 115 wins and 235 podiums. He is the only rider to win world titles in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP categories. His unique brand of charisma, speed, race craft and domination of his sport – plus a dash of rock and roll – have made the Italian much more than just a motor cycle rider. He was nominated eight times for a Laureus Award, and in 2006 he was honoured with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award to mark his contribution to motor cycling after winning his fifth straight successive World MotoGP Championship. He won the 2011 Laureus Comeback of the Year Award and then was honoured with the Laureus Sporting Icon Award in 2022.