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Dunlop scheduled for 100th consecutive win in the 250cc class

Dunlop scheduled for 100th consecutive win in the 250cc class

Dunlop scheduled for 100th consecutive win in the 250cc class

With more than 350 wins, Dunlop are the most successful tyre manufacturer in the 250cc class, and with an estimated total of over 1000 victories in all classes, they are also the most decorated rubber manufacturer in Grand Prix history. Their domination in the quarter-litre category this season is total, a supremacy which will be consolidated next weekend in Brno with their 100th consecutive victory in the series.

The last win by a rider using non-Dunlop tyres was at the Indonesian Grand Prix of 1996 in Sentul, a race won by Tetsuya Harada riding a Michelin-shod Yamaha. Since then, fourteen different riders have contributed to the 99 consecutive wins already achieved. Daijiro Kato´s emergence in the category in 2000 and his dominance in 2001 makes him the highest donor with 17 wins, followed closely by Valentino Rossi (14), Max Biaggi (13) and Tetsuya Harada (11), who are all former 250cc World Champions.

Despite never lifting the 250 crown, Ralf Waldmann (10) continues the list ahead other former champs in the shape of Olivier Jacque (7) and Loris Capirossi (5). Win number 99 went to Marco Melandri at the Sachsenring last month, his seventh for Dunlop in total, whilst the other Dunlop riders to have topped the podium during this incredible run of dominance are Nakano (6), Ukawa (4), Nieto (2), Lucchi (1), McWilliams (1) and Miyasaki (1).

Despite the recent efforts of Kato and Honda it is no surprise to see Aprilia topping the manufacturers list with 48 victories, with the Japanese manufacturers totalling 40. The remaining 11 wins have all been taken by Yamaha.

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250cc, 2002

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