Valentino in a promotional visit to New York last week
Rossi during a dry practice session at the brickyard
The points with four races to go confirm Rossi's likelihood of a sixth MotoGP title
Rossi in the wet at Indianapolis
Valentino and Giacomo Agostini pictured together in 2005 - without doubt the two greatest of all-time
69 wins for number 46
Vale with the trophy
Rossi with his current rivals Stoner and Pedrosa
In the race
Rossi aboard one of the most fearsome racing machines in history - Kenny Roberts' infamous TZ700 dirt track machine competed just once and was immediately banned. It won!
Rossi and Jeremy Burgess after the race. Burgess has more championships to his credit than does Rossi, having looked after Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner too.
September 15, 2008 Italian Valentino Rossi wrote himself into the history books yesterday when he took his 69th victory in the premier class of motorcycle racing and almost certainly won himself an eighth world title. His victory took him past the 68 MotoGP wins of countryman Giacomo Agostini (pictured with Rossi) and gives him a credible hold on the title of the greatest motorcycle road racer in history. Though he is already credited with being the youngest rider to have won championships in all three classes (MotoGP, 250 and 125), Rossi has effectively won in four, soon five classes as he conquered both the brutal 500cc two strokes and the smoother, more controllable four-stroke 1000cc machines which replaced them in 2002. He is now within a few points of also having won a championship on the new 800cc machines which suit the high cornering speeds of 250cc riders, as witnessed by the number of riders (Pedrosa, Stoner, Dovizioso, Elias, De Angelis etc) who became immediately competitive in the switch to the premier class – very few riders were able to make the switch to 500cc two-strokes and become immediately competitive. Rossi is also an accomplished Rally driver and briefly contemplated a career with Ferrari in F1. Congratulations to the Doctor and his mentor Jeremy Burgess.
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