Dominant Italian MotoGP rider who won his seventh MotoGP World Championship in 2009. He also won a 125cc World Championship in 1997 and a 250cc World Championship in 1999.
He won his first go-kart racing championship at age 11.
He broke an international record by making 170 consecutive starts between 2000 and 2010.
He had a relationship with Mandala Tayde in 2008. He later began dating model Francesca Novello.
He won two consecutive MotoGP titles before Jorge Lorenzo won the 2010 championship.