Thrilling moments ahead, guys. Today Moto GP is back! We are great fans and have been eagerly waiting for this moment. We've also got a favourite biker to support, Valentino Rossi, and we hope he can be successful this year too. He is a real fighter, he will not let his younger opponents win easily. Come on, "Doctor"!
Happy 68th birthday, Moto GP!
Did you know Moto GP has been held since 1949? It is 68 years old, but still strong, alive and kicking, let's say!
It is divided into three ranks: Moto GP, Moto 2 and Moto 3. In every championship there are many races in different parts of the world and, at the end , the biker with more points wins.
Before the official race of today there have been tests on Friday and qualifications yesterday to establish the positions at the start.
He has always raced with number 46 in his motorcycle grand prix career and “the Doctor” is his nickname.
He was born in Urbino (Italy) on 16th February, 1979. He started riding at a very young age in kart races. Rossi won the regional kart championship in 1990. After that he took up minimoto and before the end of 1991 he had won numerous regional races.
He began in 1996 in 125 cc motorcycle with the team Aprilia and he finished the season in the ninth position. The following year he dominates the 125 cc World Championship, winning 11 of the 15 races.
In 1999 he won 250 cc World Championship with nine wins; in 2001 he won 500 cc World Championship with the team Honda, winning 11 races and collected 325 points.
He started the Moto GP in 2002 with the Honda and then he went to Yamaha from 2004 to 2010. After he moved to Ducati from 2011 to 2012. At last, the returns in Yamaha where he still runs.
In his career he has won 9 World Championships and he has taught part in 348 races.
Earlier in his career Max Biaggi was considered Rossi’s main rival and with Loris Capirossi they formed the “Three Musketeers”, as the press nicknamed them. Rossi’s rival in the 2003 and 2004 seasons was Sete Gibernau. In 2007 Casey Stoner became his new rival, instead-
Today Rossi’s main rivals are Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. In 2015 there was a long struggle between these three riders and after a few controversies between Rossi and Marquez, Lorenzo won the title.
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ALEX T. AND LUCA