If you didn’t know it by now, let us spoil the surprise from this last weekend’s Dutch GP for you: Rossi has claimed his 100th victory. With a century of wins under his belt, Rossi is only the second rider to achieve such a feat, and along that journey, an impressive array of statistics can be compiled.
Dorna Sports has compiled a list of Valentino’s accomplishments, which really showcases what a monumental rider the Italian is, and begs the question, will a rider every be able to fill the shoes he’ll leave behind? Continue reading for a comprehensive breakdown.
- Rossi’s 100 victories have come from 217 Grand Prix starts, this computes out to 46.1% success rate.
- Rossi has won on six different types of motorcycle: 125cc Aprilia (12 wins), 250cc Aprilia (14 wins), 500cc Honda (13 wins), 990cc Honda (20 wins), 990cc Yamaha (25 wins) and 800cc Yamaha (16 wins).
- Rossi is the most successful Yamaha rider in history, with 41 wins for the manufacturer. The second most successful Yamaha rider is Phil Read, with 39 victories.
- Rossi has won at 27 different circuits, with Mugello and Catalunya being a tied for where the Italian has been the most successful, with 9 victories at both courses.
- The most wins Rossi has had in a single season is 11…which he has achieved on four occasions: 1997 (125cc), 2001 (500cc), 2002 and 2005 in MotoGP.
- For a follow-up factoid, Rossi’s 11 wins in 1997 is the current record for the most victories in a single season in the 125cc class.
- Rossi’s 74 race victories in the premier-class is more than any other rider in the 61-year history of Grand Prix racing.
- With his victory in Jerez this year, Rossi became the first rider to win at least one Grand Prix for 14 successive seasons.
- 12 years and 313 days have passed since Rossi’s first win in the 125cc race at the Czech GP in 1996 to his latest victory at Assen. Only four other riders have had a longer winning career in Grand Prix racing: Loris Reggiani, Phil Read, Angel Nieto and Loris Capirossi