5. The Doctor (2005)

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After the University of Urbino presented Rossi with a láurea ad honorem (honorary degree) in communication and publicity, Valentino henceforth became known as “The Doctor.” According to a report, Rossi was given the award “in recognition of the positive influence he has set as a role model, also to commemorate his achievements as one of the best riders in recent years.” Rossi commemorated the event with a special Doctor helmet at the 2005 Mugello Grand Prix – a race he won over Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri.