With just months to go before his 40th birthday, Valentino Rossi is riding as well as ever and is, as usual, a contender for the title and pulverising a much younger team-mate. He’s also just notched up 6000 points in Grand Prix, a record that is unlikely ever to be beaten because of his superhuman staying power. It seemed like a good time to celebrate the life, and particularly the latest chapters, of the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.
In this special issue of MCN Sport we have gathered together the most telling interviews with the man himself and trawled the planet for the greatest unseen photographs. Plus there are fascinating verdicts on Rossi’s place in motorcycling history by fellow racing titans such as Mick Doohan, Kenny Roberts and Giacomo Agostini.
By the time you read this he may well have won another GP. If not, you get the feeling it’s only a matter of time…
Enjoy the issue
The man behind the legend
The world's greatest motorcycle racer, as seen by some of the men who know him best.
Retiring? Not exactly...
After talks of retirement in 2016, Valentino stunned the paddock by signing for another two years.
The magic factory
Valentino's time at the top is partly a result of his love of racing. But it's also down to this place: The Ranch.