Rossi has not missed a grand prix since making his debut in the 125cc class at the Shah Alam circuit in Malaysia in 1996.

A selection of the seven-time world champion's numerous achievements and career milestones since are listed below:

GP 1 1996/Shah Alam/125cc/Aprilia/6th Valentino Rossi finishes sixth on his grand prix debut at the age of 17 years and 44 days.

GP 10 1996/A1-Ring/125cc/Aprilia/3rd Finishes on the podium for the first time, in a race in which fellow Italian Ivan Goi became the youngest ever grand prix winner at that time.

GP 11 1996/Brno/125cc/Aprilia/1st Rossi qualifies on pole for the first time and wins his first GP to make him the third youngest GP winner at that time after Ivan Goi and Loris Capirossi.

GP 16 1997/Shah Alam/125cc/Aprilia/1st Wins the opening race of the 1997 season to lead the championship standings for the first time

GP 27 1997/Brno/125cc/Aprilia/3rd Finishes third to clinch his first world title and to become the second youngest ever champion at that time after Loris Capirossi.

GP 29 1997/Sentul/125cc/Aprilia/1st Becomes the only rider ever to win eleven races in the 125cc class in a single season.

GP 31 1998/Suzuka/250cc/Aprilia/DNF Made his debut in the 250cc class at the Japanese Grand Prix but retired with mechanical problems.

GP 33 1998/Jerez/250cc/Aprilia/2nd First podium finish in the 250cc class.

GP 37 1998/Assen/250cc/Aprilia/1st Takes first victory on a 250cc machine to become the third youngest ever winner in the class at that time after Alan Carter and Johnny Cecotto.

GP 44 1998/Buenos Aires/250cc/Aprilia/1st Wins for the fifth time in 1998 to take the runner up spot in the final championship standings in his debut year in the 250cc class.

GP 45 1999/Sepang/250cc/Aprilia/5th Qualifies on pole for the first time in the 250cc class at the opening race of the year.

GP 59 1999/Rio/250cc/Aprilia/1st Takes his ninth win of the year to become the youngest ever rider at that time to win the 250cc world title.

GP 61 2000/Welkom/500cc/Honda/DNF Made his debut in the premier-class at the South African Grand Prix. Crashed on lap 13 after setting the fastest lap of the race.

GP 64 2000/Jerez/500cc/Honda/3rd Finishes on the podium for the first time in the 500cc class.

GP 69 2000/Donington/500cc/Honda/1st First victory on a 500cc machine. Is the fifth youngest rider to win in the 500cc class after Spencer, Abe, Mamola and Hailwood. This also was the first time that any rider had won in all three classes at Donington.

GP 77 2001/Suzuka/500cc/Honda/1st Wins the opening race of the year in Japan to lead the 500cc world championship for the first time. This is the also 500th GP victory for Honda across all classes.

GP 78 2001/Welkom/500cc/Honda/1st Rossi starts from pole in the premier-class for the first time and then sets a new lap record on the way to victory.

GP 90 2001/Phillip Is./500cc/Honda/1st Rossi wins the closest ever premier-class race with less than 3 seconds covering the top nine finishers to become the 500cc world champion. Rossi is only the second rider to win the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc world titles, the other being Phil Read.

GP 92 2001/Rio/500cc/Honda/1st Wins the last ever 500cc Grand Prix - his 11th victory of the year.

GP 93 2002/Suzuka/MotoGP/Honda/1st Triumphs in the first ever race of the new four-stroke MotoGP era.

GP 97 2002/Mugello/MotoGP/Honda/1st Rossi wins on home soil for the first time in the premier-class to become the first rider to win in all three classes at the Mugello circuit.

GP 104 2002/Rio/MotoGP/Honda/1st Wins in Rio to secure the first ever MotoGP title.

GP 122 2003/Sepang/MotoGP/Honda/1st Secures a his third premier-class title by winning in Malaysia

GP 123 2003/Phillip Is./MotoGP/Honda/1st Informed on lap ten by his pit-board of a 10 second penalty he had incurred for passing under a yellow flag, Rossi rides at the maximum to pull out a lead of 15 seconds to take the win.

GP 124 2003/Valencia/MotoGP/Honda/1st Wins in Valencia for the first time on his last ever appearance riding a Honda.

GP 125 2004/Welkom/MotoGP/Yamaha/1st Scores a victory on his first GP ride on a Yamaha to become the first rider to take back-to-back victories in the premier-class riding machines from two different manufacturers. This was also the last in a record sequence of 23 successive podium finishes

GP 139 2004/Phillip Is/MotoGP/Yamaha/1st Becomes only the second rider to win back-to-back premier-class titles on different machinery (the other was Eddie Lawson).

GP 153 2005/Sepang/MotoGP/Yamaha/2nd Clinches the title with four races of the season remaining to join Giacomo Agostini and Mick Doohan as the only riders to take five or more successive premier-class titles.

GP 159 2006/Losail/MotoGP/Yamaha/1st Rossi wins in Qatar to equal Doohan's 54 premier-class victories; only Giacomo Agostini has taken more victories in the premier-class with 68.

GP 174 2006/Valencia/MotoGP/Yamaha/13th Arrives at the final race of the year leading the championship but misses out on the title after crashing in the early laps of the race.

GP 194 2008/Jerez/MotoGP/Yamaha/2nd Becomes the first rider to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in the premier-class.

GP 197 2008/Le Mans/MotoGP/1st Reaches the milestone of 90 grand prix victories - the same as legendary Spanish rider Angel Nieto.