Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979 in Urbino, Marche, Italy. He always runs with number 46 in honor of his father Graziano, who ran with the same number. Rossi won seven World Championships in Grand Prix racing by the time he was 26 years old, cementing his place as one of the sport’s heroes. One of only two riders to win back-to-back titles on different machinery who did it in 2003 with the Repsol Honda RC211V then again in 2004 with the Gauloises Yamaha YZR M1. The youngest rider ever to have won World Championships in all three classes 125GP, 250GP, and the 500GP/Moto GP.