Valentino Rossi has been given honorary membership to the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) and becomes the first motorcycle racer to receive membership on his two-wheel achievements alone.

Rossi, who is level on points with Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the MotoGP riders' championship, is to be presented with his membership by BRDC President Derek Warwick ahead of the British GP at Silverstone next weekend.

The six-time MotoGP champion and nine-time world champion says he feels 'honoured' to be selected as an honorary member of the BRDC and hopes to put on a show at Silverstone.

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"There is no rider in the BRDC, I will be the first, and for this I am even more honoured," Rossi said. "I know it's very difficult to become a member of this exclusive club, there are very selective criteria.

"I look forward to meeting the president, Derek Warwick, who I know and esteem for his career in Formula 1. I hope that I will have a good result at the Silverstone Grand Prix to honour my entry into the British Racing Drivers' Club."

Former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hour winner Warwick added: "Membership of the BRDC is the greatest honour in British motor racing and I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say that we are proud, privileged and honoured that Valentino Rossi has accepted this membership."

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DontTesttheX: When this guy retires every motogp racetrack ever visited will be naming corners after him...[\blockquote]

Kinda embarrassed to admit this but when I turned up at Silverstone I thought 'Vale' was named after VR46! D'oh!

Nakasone:

He is not bigger than the sport. He couldn't even do anything to improve Ducati's fortunes, let alone bringing glory to Motogp. The sport was not short of excitement when he was at Ducati, and it will be just fine when he finally leaves.[\blockquote]

Dude, are you serious? With all the intention and feedback that has been given by Rossi and his crew Ducati still clinged on to a CF frame. Even the twin spar frame had a big part of CF where the engine was a part of the frame. Maybe you should ask Capirossi, Melandri, Stoner, Hayden and Rossi what they think of Ducati. It's pretty known ( if you can read that is ) that Ducati didn't listen to change the bike radically. Question, why do you think Preziosi was dropped?

Realist: That's 7 time champion, not 6. [\blockquote]
His first "MotoGP" championship was actually the 500cc championship. It wasn't called MotoGP back then. Technically correct and if you want to claim that MotoGP includes 500cc then it also includes 250cc and 125cc so it would be 9 times world champion.