Valentino Rossi claimed his seventh MotoGP title in 2009 with his least amount of race wins during a championship season.

The Italian took six victories during 2009, just two more than Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner.

Adding further weight to the suggestion that this year's crown was Rossi's hardest ever is that his end of season advantage over team-mate and nearest rival Lorenzo was 45 points - the closest margin by which Rossi has been crowned.

2009 was the first season of single-tyre MotoGP competition.

Valentino Rossi's MotoGP World Championships:

2009 Yamaha 17 (Races) 6 (Wins) 13 (Podiums) +45 (Points, Lorenzo) 2008 Yamaha 18 (Races) 9 (Wins) 16 (Podiums) +93 (Points, Stoner) 2005 Yamaha 17 (Races) 11 (Wins) 16 (Podiums) +147 (Points, Melandri) 2004 Yamaha 16 (Races) 9 (Wins) 11 (Podiums) +47 (Points, Gibernau) 2003 Honda 16 (Races) 9 (Wins) 16 (Podiums) +80 (Points, Gibernau) 2002 Honda 16 (Races) 11 (Wins) 15 (Podiums) +140 (Points, Biaggi) 2001 Honda 16 (Races) 11 (Wins) 13 (Podiums) +106 (Points, Biaggi)

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