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Record-breaking Rossi´s sixth title

Record-breaking Rossi´s sixth title

Record-breaking Rossi´s sixth title

With his victory at Phillip Island last Sunday, Valentino Rossi took his sixth title in all and his fourth in a row in the MotoGP class. On the way to the World Championship this season, the Italian has set a number of new records and milestones:

> At the opening race of the year in South Africa he became the first rider in the 55-year history of Grand Prix racing to take back-to-back victories in the premier-class riding machines from two different manufacturers.

> He also became the first rider in the premier-class since Barry Sheene (1976, 77, 78 & 79) to win the opening race of the season for four years in succession.

> The win in South Africa was also the first win for Yamaha in the premier-class since Max Biaggi won in Malaysia in 2002.

> The pole position scored by Rossi in South Africa was the first in the premier-class by a Yamaha rider since Max Biaggi started from pole at the last race of 2002 in Valencia.

> His victory in Australia was the eighth of the year for Rossi, a new record for most wins in a season in the premier-class by a Yamaha rider. The previous record was seven wins in a season held jointly by Eddie Lawson in 1986 and 1988, and by Wayne Rainey in 1990.

> Rossi is the seventh rider to take four or more premier-class World Championships. Giacomo Agostini has won the most with eight, followed by Mick Doohan with five and then Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, Eddie Lawson and John Surtees with four.

> Of these riders only Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan and Mike Hailwood have previously won four consecutive premier-class titles.

> This is only the second time ever that a rider has won back-to-back premier-class titles on different machinery. The other rider to achieve this was Eddie Lawson, who won the title riding a Yamaha in 1988 and a Honda in 1989.

> Rossi's title is the first in the premier-class for Yamaha since Wayne Rainey won the last of his three world championships in 1992.

> Rossi has now won the premier-class title on three different types of machines in the last four years: V4 two-stroke Honda, V5 four-stroke Honda, inline 4 four-stroke Yamaha.

> With one race still remaining, Rossi has amassed a total of 279 points, already the highest points total ever achieved in the premier-class by a Yamaha rider.

> Rossi's victory in Australia was the 100th time he has stood on the podium from his 139 starts in the three different classes of Grand Prix racing. He is only the sixth rider in the 55-year history of Grand Prix racing to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes.

> Of the one hundred Grand Prix podium finishes that Valentino Rossi has achieved, sixty-four of them have been in the premier-class. This is the same number as Wayne Rainey – only Mick Doohan, Giacomo Agostini and Eddie Lawson have scored more.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Valentino Rossi

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