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Barros set for 250th GP appearance

Barros set for 250th GP appearance

Barros set for 250th GP appearance

Alex Barros, who made his Grand Prix debut more than 19 years ago, is scheduled to make his 250th Grand Prix start at the British Grand Prix. Below are some facts and figures from his Grand Prix career:

- Barros made his GP debut in the 80cc class at the Spanish GP at Jarama in 1986 when just 15 years old and went on to compete in the 80cc class at Grand Prix level during 1986 and 1987.

- After making just one GP start in 1988 at his home race in Brazil riding a 250cc machine, he returned to the GP scene full time in 1989, riding a Yamaha in the 250cc class.

- In 1990, still aged just 18, he signed for the factory Cagiva Team to race in the 500cc class and since then has raced exclusively in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing.

- In total Barros has competed in the premier GP class on 6 different machines: Cagiva 4-cylinder 2-stroke, Suzuki 4-cylinder 2-stroke, Honda 4-cylinder 2-stroke, Honda V-twin 2-stroke, Yamaha 4-cylinder 4-stroke, Honda 5-cylinder 4-stroke. He has managed to finish on the podium at least once on each of the machines he has ridden.

- Barros holds the record for most starts in the premier-class having made 218 appearances.

- In the premier-class Alex Barros has finished in the top ten 164 times and has had 174 point-scoring results, both of these figures are records.

- Barros has finished in the top ten in the final premier-class championship classification for twelve successive years; the only other rider to have achieved this feat is 15 times World Champion Giacomo Agostini.

- He has scored a total of 1891 points in the premier-class only Mick Doohan has a greater career points total.

- The British Grand Prix will be the 682nd Grand Prix event that has been staged in the 57 year history of World Championship motor cycle racing, therefore Barros has appeared in 36.7% of all GP meetings.

- Alex Barros has the longest winning career ever in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing with more than eleven and half years between his first victory at the FIM at Jarama in 1993 and his victory earlier this year in Portugal.

MotoGP, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Alex Barros

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