Showman, Superstar


PHENOMENON: Even a dramatic crash failed to stop Rossi at Donington Park

When he wins, Valentino Rossi shows his delight by performing arabesques on his saddle, burning black circles on the track with tire rubber or taking his lap of honor sidesaddle. He gets to practice his circus tricks a lot. The 23-year-old Italian motorcyclist, who has won world titles at 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc has this year won seven out of eight MotoGP races, as the top category is now called. At last week's British Grand Prix Rossi scored his 46th win from 100 races and extended...

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