FILE - Petronas Yamaha SRT's Valentino Rossi in his garage. Photo: Borut Zivulovic/Reuters
FILE - Petronas Yamaha SRT's Valentino Rossi in his garage. Photo: Borut Zivulovic/Reuters

Valentino Rossi to become father for first time

By AFP Time of article published Aug 18, 2021

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PARIS – Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi will have his hands full in his impending retirement after he announced Wednesday that he will become a father for the first time.

Nicknamed 'The Doctor', the 42-year-old revealed the news on his Instagram account with a photograph of him wearing a white medical gown and pressing a stethoscope against the stomach of pregnant partner Francesca Novello.

"After a careful visit we can tell you that Franci is pregnant! We are expecting a girl," Rossi said.

Rossi announced earlier in August that he planned to retire at the end of this season after 26 years in motorcycle racing.

AFP

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