Thursday, 30 October 2008


The MotoGP season has come to an end. No more racing for months. I shall miss the beauty of the bikes, the thrill of the speed, the excitement as riders pass and re-pass each other, the colour, the glamour, the grid girls, Suzi Perry, the wonderful commentary on BBC, and the whole atmosphere of a MotoGP weekend. And that’s just watching it on TV.

Valentino Rossi won the Championship on his Yamaha. Rossi (born February 16, 1979 in Urbino) is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. A cheeky chappy. he seems to have a really pleasant personality and unlike many sports champions he seems to be moderately popular with his competitors. Part of the reason fopr this is the fact that he fights very hard but very fair.

Rossi is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with 8 Grand Prix World Championships to his name. According to Sports Illustrated, Valentino Rossi is one of the highest earning sports personalities in the world, having earned an estimated $34 million in 2007. He had a trial in a Ferrari F1 car and toyed with the idea of moving to F1 but decided to stay with motorbikes.

Following his father, Graziano Rossi, Rossi started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year. From there, he moved up to the 250 cc category, again with Aprilia, and won the World Championship in 1999. He won the 500 cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 Championships after leaving Honda to join Yamaha. After two years as a runner-up (to Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner) he has now regained the title in 2008.

The Rizla Suzuki, ridden here by Capirossi, got my vote for best colour scheme (as it has done for the past couple of years)

Second came the Kawasaki, seen here with west riding it.

Third came the Ducati, seen here with Casey stoner on board.

The Repsol Honda livery for the final race was also pretty smart.

And, as always, the website proved to be the definitive website for all things motorcycling.

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