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Rossi ready to threaten Doohan's records this weekend

Rossi ready to threaten Doohan's records this weekend

Rossi ready to threaten Doohan's records this weekend

In what is becoming a yearly treat for avid MotoGP fans, Valentino Rossi is on the record-breaking trail once more. The Italian claimed his 54th career win several weeks ago in Brno and that places him level with five-time World Champ Mick Doohan.

Rossi is, of course, a four-time title winner across all three classes and amazingly he is still only 24 years of age. The ‘Doctor' is currently nine months younger than when Doohan notched his first GP success in Hungary in 1990. If the Honda man gains another top three result this weekend at Estoril then he will again eclipse a record held by Doohan; that of 17 consecutive podium finishes.

Rossi has climbed onto the rostrum at every GP in the last 12 months and is now ready to mark his name in the record books again at a circuit where he won in 2002.

Giacomo Agostini stands outright as the rider with the most GP wins (122, 68 in 500cc and 54 in 350cc) and also the most podiums in a row (22 achieved over 1967, 68 and 1969). Rossi is fourth in the ‘victories league' and still has time to catch Mike Hailwood in third (76) and possibly even Angel Nieto in second (90).

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MotoGP, 2003, Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan

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