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BIFFERONE said:
I beleive I read Rossi made in excess of $27million last year.
Yes... Rossi is exceptional... he earned estimated $28M last year...


He got paid by Gauloises Yamaha $11M just for his salary... then he got a $5.5M bonus for winning his forth straight title... then he get another $8M a year from his main sponsors like AGV, Dainese, Alice, and Kerakoll... his estimated income for 2005 is $24.5M... Rossi clocks in at No. 3 on Sports Illustrated's list of the 20 top-earning non-American athletes in the world. That wad of cash puts him behind only ridiculously rich German Formula One racer Michael Schumacher and British soccer pretty-boy David Beckham. Rossi ranks ahead of Beckham's Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, tennis' Maria Sharapova, even Yao Ming and Sammy Sosa...

:dollar :dollar :dollar


The other top MotoGP riders probably get like $1M to $4M just their salary...


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Actually.....Rossi's riding contract was $17 million for 2 years. The rest was endorsements.
 

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RRainman said:
Actually.....Rossi's riding contract was $17 million for 2 years. The rest was endorsements.
I dunno, but according to my source, his Yamaha contract was a little over $20M for 2 years(2004/2005)...
 

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Valerossi said:
I dunno, but according to my source, his Yamaha contract was a little over $20M for 2 years(2004/2005)...

$17 according to this.....

"The world champion last year (and the year before, and the year before that, and ...) is a young Italian named Valentino Rossi. Rossi is famous for three things:

His incredible skill on a motorcycle;
His outrageous antics - and I do mean antics. He once won a Grand Prix race, then pulled to the side of the track and ran into a portajohn set up for the track workers, and came out dressed as Robin Hood. He doesn't seem to take it quite as seriously as him competitors do;
His general joie de vivre - as opposed to the mechanical seriousness from most professional athletes, he comes across as a guy who just can't wait to wake up tomorrow and go do it some more. The pressure of a $17 million contract must have some effect, but it isn't an obvious one. "


Vale's Initial Contract
 
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