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MotoGP: Rossi Inducted into the Hall of Fame at FIM Awards Ceremony

A view of Valentino Rossi as he is inducted into the Hall of Fame

Yamaha’s Doctor is now a member of the Hall of Fame – and the reality of retirement is hitting the iconic MotoGP rider pretty hard. 

“I always think of this day like a nightmare, because it’s the end of a long career and I thought it would be in Valencia but in the end, I enjoyed it a lot so I have to thank everyone, everyone who has worked with me, the whole paddock, the other riders… it was an unforgettable day and I enjoyed it. It was a long career, and always a pleasure,” states Rossi at the ceremony. 

A view of Valentino Rossi as he is inducted into the Hall of Fame

Rossi’s upcoming retirement from the MotoGP racing scene was moved along by his reacquaintance with all the bikes he used to shoot to victory – championship-winning bikes from Aprilia, Honda, and Yamaha, with the moment, made all the sweeter by “all nine VR46 Academy riders also wore replica helmets from Rossi’s career, whilst all of the MotoGP stopped to pay tribute to Rossi on the cool-down lap on Sunday afternoon.”

MCN tells us that, all told, over 76,000 people sporting yellow t-shirts and hats and cheered like mad for the man as he made his final lap – a special moment indeed. 

A view of Valentino Rossi as he is inducted into the Hall of Fame

Valentino Rossi’s Legacy

9 World Championships

The only rider to win the 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP titles

115 Victories

12 in 125cc, 14 in 250cc and 89 in the premier class

235 Podiums

15 in 125cc, 21 in 250cc and 199 in the premier class

65 Pole Positions

5 in 125cc, 5 in 250cc and 55 in the premier class

96 Fastest Laps

9 in 125cc, 11 in 250cc and 76 in the premier class

Valentino Rossi

“The only thing I can say to Vale is thank you very much,” Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta added. 

“It’s been amazing since 1997 in Malaysia, we saw a guy doing fantastic races but also very special for so many reasons. We started to talk with him then and since that time, everything we’ve done together, with everyone who works in MotoGP, it’s been amazing.”

Valentino Rossi enjoying his last lap of MotoGP, to the tune of 76,000 people in the crowd

“First of all, Valentino has been an incredible rider, even yesterday, at 42, he was within tenths of Fabio. But also his personality, the situation he’s helped us to create, the Safety Commission, it’s something very special. These are all the words I can say. Grazie, Valentino!”

Our hearty congratulations to The Doctor, and he wish him a bike-rish retirement; in the meantime, be sure to brush up on the wee bit of drama that followed the Yamaha team racer out the door, as well as other archived news on MotoGP.