Valentino Rossi's records

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Valentino Rossi, who announced his retirement on Thursday, will leave motorcycling with a host of records to his name.

AFP Sport looks at his legacy:

- With 423 starts in all categories since 1996 and with 10 more on his schedule before the end of this season, Rossi is the sport's marathon man having competed for 26 seasons.

- Twenty years and 311 days separated his first win in the 125cc class in the Czech Republic in 1996 and his most recent victory in 2017 in the Netherlands in MotoGP.

- Sixteen years and 351 days separated his first win in the elite class of the sport in Great Britain in 2000 and his most recent in the Netherlands in 2017, another record.

- Rossi has 89 wins in 500cc/MotoGP, more than Giacomo Agostini (68) and Marc Marquez (57).

- He has the record for most podiums at 199 in the top category compared to 114 and 112 for Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa respectively.

- The 42-year-old has clocked up 76 fastest laps in 500cc/MotoGP against 69 for Agostini and 57 for Marquez.

- In all, the nine-time world champion has 235 podiums in the sport, including 115 victories, 67 second places and 53 third places, 65 pole positions and 96 best laps.

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