Graziano Rossi

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Graziano Rossi
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Motorcycle Grand Prix Career
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Active years 1978 - 1982
Team(s) Morbidelli
Grands Prix 22
Championships 0
Wins 3
Podium finishes    7
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 0
First Grand Prix 1978 500cc French Grand Prix
First win 1979 250cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix
Last win 1979 250cc Swedish Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 1982 500cc San Marino Grand Prix

In his career took off in 48 Grand Prix of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, gaining 3 wins and 7 podiums. His best result was the 3 rd place in the standings pilots, for the class 250, world championship in 1979.


Between 1970 and 1980, faces to the forefront of motorcycling along with Virginio Ferrari, Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini; a new generation of pilots Italians who happened to that of Agostini, Pasolini and Villa.

Beginning career

The debate in 500 in 1977 Gp Nations, in this class has disputed 40 gp collecting 2 podiums, 250 debut 1979 in Gp of Venezuela, in this class 8 gp are played, 3 wins in the first Gp of Yugoslavia 1979 and has collected 5 podiums.

His best placing in the world was the third place with 250 Morbidelli, it seemed the right gladdened years since the birth of his son Valentino, but the house Pesaro, while having a competitive bike, tried a new chassis all ' beginning of the season, with disappointing results. Back to the old frame, the bike proved to be excellent, Graziano got 3 wins and a number of placements, but lost points early season not allowed to go beyond the 3 rd place.

The accident

In 1980 is hired to guide the Suzuki RG 500 with Lucchinelli, everything seems to go for the best, but a serious car accident affects the performance both to be sacked at the end of the year. The following year, with the same team, Lucchinelli won the World Cup. It goes back to that period, according to some sources, the breaking of relations with Roberto Gallina Team manager and seems related to this that tells the anecdote that Graziano girasse the streets of its cities with a chicken on a leash.

In 1982, now out of the tour of the great runs with a Yamaha closet. In the 200 miles of Imola rovinosamente falls, is saved through the intervention of medical mobile clinic. After re decides to abandon racing motorbikes and groped in the way of Rally. Today is remembered mainly for being the father of Valentino Rossi.