Rossi Has Raced The Circumference of The Earth

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday May 9 2018

The Doctor has now covered 40,075km in competition – the circumference of the planet at the equator.

There are a lot of records held by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), but the ‘Doctor’ now has another new and truly unique one to add to his collection: he’s raced the equivalent of a lap of the world.

Completing the incredible feat during the Spanish GP at Jerez, that’s 40,075km raced over 23 seasons, beginning at the 1996 Malaysian GP.

Those initial 101.645 kilometres at Shah Alam in the 125 World Championship have since been added to by Rossi’s incredible career through the 250 and 500 World Championships on the way to MotoGP™, making a grand total of 369 Grands Prix.

From those GPs, completed race laps are those counted and Rossi has put in 8730 of them to reach the milestone.

Before the lights went out in Jerez, the kilometre counter was at 40,011.413 – leaving 63.587km to complete and the milestone passed upon conclusion of Lap 15.

8730 laps, 23 seasons, 369 Grands Prix, 115 victories, 64 poles, nine World Championships…and a lap of the world.



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