To start off I’d like to comment that I am a huge Valentino Rossi fan, but that is not why I consider him the best. I have not missed a MotoGP race since 2003, and I feel as though I am more than qualified to comment on the sport.
There are many reasons why I believe hes the best, but I’d like to break it down into a few categories: his ability to win, his strength, and his character.
His ability to win: Valentino Rossi has won 114 races, and has been on the podium 224 times. Rossi holds the record for the most Grand Prix starts, at 351 and the most podiums. He is very close to achieving the most wins of all time. The cold hard truth about Valentino, is that he never gives up. He strives to go as fast as he can and win as much as he can. At 38 years old, he’s racing against guys who are half his age, yet he still wins. In his time he has seen many great rivals come and go. He is the only rider in MotoGP, who also raced in the 500cc championship.
His strength: At 38 years old he is no spring chicken. One doesn’t have to be a genius to figure out that older you get, the harder it is to win. The stress of racing a motorcycle at over 200mph is taxing on the body and mind. I honestly don’t know how he can do it. He is currently racing in his 22nd season of MotoGP and is still highly competitive.
MotoGP is a very dangerous sport and death is a possibility. In 2011, Rossi lost his best friend, Marco Simoncelli, in a horrific accident. After the death of Marco, Rossi was asked if he would retire. He responded with, “No, never. It’s not a problem of MotoGP”. Rossi doesn’t let anything get in the way of racing. He always pushes as hard as he can to do well in the races.
His Character: Throughout the years Valentino has been on of the most charismatic figures in all of MotoGP. His fan base is one of the biggest of any sport. His signature number 46, his famous color yellow, are extremely popular among fans. On Facebook, MotoGP has around 11.2 million likes. Valentino Rossi has 12.2 million. He is extremely popular at every track. At the 2010 Italian Gran Prix, Rossi fell in practice and had a terrible accident that caused him to break his leg. About half of the fans left the race, because he wasn’t there.
He brings people together like no other sportsman. He has been a part of the MotoGP world for so long now, that he has really cemented his name as a living legend. His countless fans will support him even after he retires. He has turned MotoGP into what it is today, whether you like it or not.