This year, Rossi retired at the age of 42. The Doctor, as he is known, is widely considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. He won a staggering nine Grand Prix World Championships over the course of his career which lasted for an impressive 26 seasons.
One of his biggest competitors Marc Marques won 8 World Championships but he is still active and almost 15 years his junior. Giacomo Agostini, with 15 victories, has won the most world championships. Ángel Nieto is second with 13 world championships and Valentino Rossi, Mike Hailwood and Carlo Ubbiali are third with 9 world championships each.
He plans to be involved in car racing and already has his own motorcycle racing team called VR46. This ambitious team participates in Moto2 and is to compete in MotoGP during 2022.
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