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Rossi's year of records

Rossi's year of  records

Rossi's year of records

Valentino Rossi continues to set new records and reach new milestones as he closes in on the 2005 MotoGP world championship title. The Italian rider has the chance to seal the crown at the coming round in Motegi.

· Rossi's victory at Brno was his ninth of the year, equalling the record he set last year for most victories in a single season by a Yamaha rider.

· Rossi is the first rider to score nine or more wins in a season in the premier-class on five occasions.

· His current lead of 132 points in the Championship Classification is the highest points lead ever achieved in any class after 11 races.

· His current points total of 261 is the highest he has achieved after eleven rounds in any of his previous seasons in Grand prix racing.

· Earlier this year at the Dutch TT Rossi became the first Yamaha rider ever to win five successive premier-class races.

· Rossi's win in the first round of the season at Jerez made him the only rider other than Agostini to win the opening race of the year on five successive occasions.

· Rossi has now finished on the podium at the last 14 races. A podium finish in Japan will equal the longest ever string of podium finishes in the premier-class by a Yamaha rider achieved by Wayne Rainey in the season 1989 and 1990.

· If Rossi wins the title then he will become only the third rider to have taken five or more premier-class world championships, the others being Mick Doohan with five titles and Giacomo Agostini with eight.

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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