Aboard an Aprilia RS125 racing for the Scuderia AGV Aprilia team, young Rossi – then only 17 – finished in an admirable sixth place. And the rest, they say, is history.
To date, he has stood on 198 MotoGP (/500cc) podiums, comprising 89 race victories, 61 second and 48 third positions. He has achieved 76 fastest laps, 55 poles and is the only rider to have competed in more than 400 Grands Prix.
But that’s not to forget his incredible prowess in the lower classes – to date, Rossi is the only rider in history to win 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP World Championships.
And today, despite rumours of his retirement, the 41-year-old still at the top of his game, remaining loyal to his Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team.
And in case you were at any doubt about how awesome he is, let us remind you of the time he rode his MotoGP bike into Goodwood house. Now, we don’t think anyone else could get away with that…