8 Things Every MotoGP Fan Should Know About “The Doctor”

Meet MotoGP’s fan-favorite racer Valentino Rossi, best known by fans as “The Doctor”

Credit: Valentino Rossi / @ValeYellow46

Motorsports fans from around the world have gathered at The Circuits of The Americas in Austin, TX for this weekend’s 75th MotoGP Red Bull US Grand Prix of the Americas

For those new to the motor sports scene, few names resonate with fans as deeply as “The Doctor,” nickname for Italian racer Valentino Rossi. Rossi’s undeniable talent is almost equivalent to Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen in Formula One.

True Hollywood Talk has been on-site this weekend looking at the very lifestyle of Motorsport fan culture, and it’s almost impossible to avoid those bright neon yellow and green jerseys, hats, and swag that glow The Doc. 

Credit: Valentino Rossi / @ValeYellow46

#1 – Meet “The Doctor”

With a blend of unparalleled skill, charisma, and sheer determination, Rossi’s career in motorcycle racing, which spans more than two decades, is nothing short of legendary. 

As one the most successful riders in the history of the sport, Rossi earned the nickname “The Doctor” early on in his career because of his uncanny ability to diagnose and fix problems commonly associated with his own motorcycles. 

His moniker has since evolved into a heartwarming, energizing global affection synonymous with his personality, credence, and precision on the track. 

#2 – The Yellow Army

Rossi’s fans, collectively known as the “Yellow Army,” are some of the most passionate, energized and dedicated fanbases in all of motorsports. 

Clad in yellow apparel and waving flags adorned with Rossi’s iconic number 46, his supporters create a sea of yellow at every race, cheering him on with unwavering enthusiasm and loyalty.

#3 – Why Number 46?

Rossi’s racing number, 46, has become iconic in the world of motorsports. The number holds special significance for Rossi, as it was the same number his father, Graziano Rossi, used during his own racing career. 

Rossi has adorned his bikes, helmets, and racing gear with the number 46 throughout his career, further cementing its place in racing history.

#4 – Nine-Time World Champion

Rossi’s crowning achievement is his nine world championship titles across multiple classes. He has won the premier class title, the MotoGP World Championship, seven times, solidifying his status as one of the greatest riders of all time. 

In addition to his MotoGP titles, Rossi has also claimed championships in the 125cc and 250cc classes.

#5 – Charismatic Personality 

Beyond his racing prowess, Rossi’s charismatic personality has endeared him to fans around the world. Known for his playful antics, colorful helmet designs, and infectious smile, Rossi’s charisma extends far beyond the confines of the racetrack, making him a beloved figure both on and off the circuit.

#6 – Rivalries and Legendary Battles

Throughout his career, Valentino Rossi has engaged in fierce rivalries with some of the sport’s other great riders, including Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, and Casey Stoner. These rivalries have produced some of the most memorable and thrilling battles in MotoGP history, captivating fans and elevating the sport to new heights.

#7 – Record-Breaking Achievements

Rossi’s list of accomplishments includes numerous records and milestones. He holds the record for the most premier class race wins, with over 90 victories to his name. Additionally, Rossi is the only rider to have won premier class races in four different decades, a testament to his longevity and enduring talent.

#8 – Cultural Icon and Global Ambassador

Valentino Rossi’s impact extends beyond the world of motorsports, as he has become a cultural icon and global ambassador for the sport. His influence reaches far beyond the racetrack, inspiring fans of all ages and backgrounds to pursue their passions with determination and dedication.

VR46’s Future 2025 Season Without Yamaha

As for the recent drama surrounding the VR46 team’s surprising decision last week to turn down Yahama’s offer to become its new satellite team in the paddock for 2025, it seems that VR46 could be turning its attention towards Ducati or, at least according to industry insiders, might even be looking at replacing Pramac as the brand’s official satellite team.

Sky Sports News recently reported that there are “two major decisions” the Pramac team has to consider — either renew its contract with Ducati for another two years through 2027 with no guarantees; or considering Yamaha for the 2025 season. 

As the good Doctor approaches the twilight of his illustrious career, his legacy in the world of motorsports is already assured. He has inspired generations of riders and fans alike with his extraordinary talent, sportsmanship, and love for the sport.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, Rossi’s remarkable career and larger-than-life persona have left an indelible impression on the world of motorcycle racing, earning him a place among the sport’s all-time greats.

Now, back to the track!