Arguably the greatest motorcycle racer of them all, Valentino Rossi is now an ex-MotoGP rider, but when was his last win in the premier class of motorcycle racing?
Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP career is no more, after the veteran Italian bowed out with a 10th place finish in the 2021 finale at Valencia.
‘The Doctor’ has been a constant in motorcycle racing for well over 25 years, but has taken his last ride as he heads off into retirement.
It’s been a lean last few seasons for Rossi, as he struggled to keep up with the likes of Marc Marquez, Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo.
But when was Rossi’s last win in MotoGP, and when did he take his last podium finish?
Valentino Rossi’s last MotoGP win
Having racked up 89 wins in the premier class and 115 in total on motorcycles, Rossi’s last win in MotoGP came in 2017.
Riding for Yamaha – the team he won four of his seven premier class titles for, Rossi won the Dutch TT at Assen.
He started in fourth place on his #46 Yamaha, and was part of a breakaway including Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci.
As a light drizzle hit the track, Rossi was one to stay out on slick tyres, which proved to be a masterstroke.
Petrucci sailed past with five laps to go, but Rossi slipped back past his fellow Italian at the final chicane three tours from home.
It was Rossi’s 10th win overall at Assen – his joint-most wins at any track, with Barcelona.
It proved to be Valentino Rossi’s only win of the season and never again would he stand atop a MotoGP having won the race.
Interestingly, Rossi and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson both took their final career wins in the same month.
Johnson’s 83rd and final win came on June 4th, 2017 at Dover with Rossi’s following on June 25th.
What about his last podium?
With 199 podium finishes behind him, Rossi’s last podium finish came in early 2020.
The start to the season had been delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic, with Rossi retiring from the first race back.
Next time out, in the second-part of a double-header at Jerez, he finished in third place.
Yamaha took a 1-2-3 as Quartararo and Maverick Vinales led home Rossi – who finished just 5.546s behind the winner.
The 2020 season was the first time in Rossi’s career he did not score 100 points in a season – only hauling 66 and 15th place in the riders’ standings.
In 2021, his best result was eighth in Austria as he bowed out.