As if Valentino Rossi hasn’t already accomplished enough during his grand prix career, The Doctor is on track to record another remarkable milestone: If he completes the 15th lap of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend at the Circuito de Jerez Àngel Nieto, Rossi will have completed 8,730 laps. An amazing number on its own, the achievement will equate to having ridden 40,075 kilometers, or just over 24,901 miles – the equivalent of a lap around the world!

When you take into consideration this milestone only includes laps he’s completed during races and not practice or qualifying, the achievement becomes that much more amazing. While a testament to Rossi’s longevity, the fact he’s still competitive (and therefore relevant) is also a feat unto itself. Sure, Rossi isn’t the dominant force he once was, but if the conditions are right and the stars align, he’s still a wildcard capable of winning. Not bad for someone who’s been racing at the world level almost as long as Marc Marquez has been alive.

Source: MotoGP