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Statistics confirm Rossi´s dominance in the blue riband category

Statistics confirm Rossi´s dominance in the blue riband category

Statistics confirm Rossi´s dominance in the blue riband category

All racing aficionados know that Valentino Rossi´s career record is among the most impressive in the history of motorcycle racing. But one question which fans must ask themselves is, just where does Rossi rank in the list of great riders of the modern era?

After his victory at Suzuka, the first Grand Prix of the new MotoGP class, Rossi has become the rider with the best win to race ratio in the MotoGP/500cc category since 1975. His 14 victories in 33 races means he has a success rate of some 42%, next in line is Mick Doohan with 39.4% (54 wins in 137 races), and following the Australian are a host of the sports´ most famous names; Kenny Roberts Sr (37.9%), Freddie Spencer (32.3%), Wayne Rainey (28.9%), Eddie Lawson (24.2%) and Kevin Schwantz (24.0%). The next rider from current-day competition to feature in the list is Max Biaggi, who finds himself in 10th position with a success rate of 12.7%.$$$

Rossi´s record as concerns podium finishes is equally outstanding. Only Wayne Rainey tops him in this department, with the American having a success rate of 77.1% (64 podiums in 83 starts). The flambouyant Italian is second with a percentage of 72.7% (24 podiums in the 33 races in which he has participated). The names which follow Rossi once again form a who´s who of racing greats; Doohan (67.3% - 95 podiums in 137 starts), Roberts Sr (67.2%), Lawson (61.4%), Gardner (51.0%), and Spencer (50%). Again it is Biaggi from the present era who appears next on the list, and again in 10th position, with a record of 28 podiums from 63 races, (44.4%).

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MotoGP, 2002, Valentino Rossi

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