Profound petrol-head and charismatic MotoGP legend, Valentino Rossi hit the big 4-0 on 16 February 2019.  He also loves dogs.  Yep, I know and I'm way ahead of you...



You wheelied into our world on a sea of yellow and transformed motorbike racing.  Brilliant from the get-go, you have charmed and enthralled us for over twenty years.  We love you because you love to race.  And win or lose, you always race fair.  You understand that each bike has a soul.

We watched you race once at Mugello in 2002.  But we ride pillion with you every weekend.  Our Dads had Surtees and Hailwood.  You are our legend.  We’ll ride every race with you, until you choose to wave the chequered flag.  Grazie!  Vie Vale!

Dear Vale

With love

Jo at Mugello 2002 🏁 Vie Vale! |


Rossi at Catalunya 2016 | Image: Vladimir Rys Photography | Getty Images