|Valentino Rossi was born in Urbino, Marche, and grew up surrounded by racing. Son of Graziano Rossi, a former motorcycle racer, he first jumped on a bike at the age of two, and his astounding career progressed in leaps and bounds.
In 2003 MotoGP Rossi claimed 9 pole positions as well as 9 GP wins to win his third consecutive World Championship. The Australian GP at Phillip Island in 2003 is considered to be one of Rossi's greatest career moments due to the unique circumstances in which he claimed victory. After being given a 10-second penalty for overtaking during a yellow flag due to a crash by Ducati rider Troy Bayliss, 1st-place Rossi proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field, eventually finishing more than 15 seconds ahead; more than enough to cancel out the penalty and win the race.
This picture depicts Valentino Rossi riding a Honda RC211V; a liquid-cooled V5 four-stroke with traditionally odd aerodynamic aesthetics but phenomenal speed.
This is a print taken from a very high quality and detailed artists drawing by the talented Yorkshire artist Nik Curry.
The colour print reproduces the great texture produced by the colour pencils Nik uses for all his drawings.