End of an era as Valentino Rossi says farewell to MotoGP

MISANO ADRIATICO, ITALY - OCTOBER 24: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Petronas Yamaha SRT celebrates his last home race during the race of the MotoGP Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna at Misano World Circuit on October 24, 2021 in Misano Adriatico, Italy. (Photo by Steve Wobser/Getty Images)

It’s the countdown to the Valencia MotoGP this weekend as nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi prepares for the final race of his MotoGP career. After 25 years of racing, the Italian is expected to bid farewell to his fans, walking away with a record-breaking 89 wins.

While he hasn’t had the best season this year, Rossi is arguably one of the best and most influential racers the world has seen in the past two decades. Not only has he had the most podiums (189), Rossi has had podium finishes in 21 consecutive seasons since his debut in the year 2000. His other MotoGP achievements include: most MotoGP entries (373), Most race entries with a single manufacturer (Yamaha – 274), most races finishing in the points (324) as well as the most consecutive podium finishes (23 in total between 2002 and 2004)