Italian professional motorcycle racer who is best known for having been named a Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion. He is also recognized for having won the World Superbike Championship in both 2010 and 2012.
He began his racing career in the 125cc division at the age of 18.
In August 2010 he signed a two year contract with the Aprilia racing team.
He was engaged to model Eleonora Pedron with whom he had two children. The couple split in 2015 and he began dating singer Bianca Atzei.
In 2012 he claimed the Superbike World Championship title over Tom Sykes.