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Spanish motorcycling: 250 wins + 1

Spanish motorcycling: 250 wins + 1

Spanish motorcycling: 250 wins + 1

Spain reached the milestone of 250 Grand Prix victories in all classes thanks to Hector Barbera, who won the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal. By winning the 125 race, he also scored the 111th Spanish win in the minor class.

Estoril also saw Toni Elias emerging victor of the 250cc race, hence rewarding Spain with a 251st success. In the quarter litre class, Spain had 43 wins, just as much as in the now defunct 50cc class.

In the other extinguished classes, the 80cc and the 350cc, Spain had 37 and a single win respectively: Victor Palomo became the first and only Spanish winner in the 350cc in the 1974 Spanish Grand Prix.

In the blue riband class, Spain took 26 wins: 19 under the 500cc era and 7 since the introduction of the 4-stroke formula. Worth of notice is that Sete Gibernau was the last Spaniard to win aboard a 500cc machine, at the 2001 Valencia GP, but also the first to top the podium with a 4-stroke at the 2003 South Africa GP.

1988 was the most successful season for Spanish motorcycling, with a total of 22 wins in all classes. The most successful Spanish rider is the legendary Angel Nieto, with 90 wins.

However, Spain remains far away from the most successful nation in the history of the World Championship: Italy. The Italian riders took 636 wins, while the second most successful nation is Great Britain with 381 wins, which only scored two wins over the last 20 years.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL

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