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Rossi joins the true legends of motorcycling

Rossi joins the true legends of motorcycling

Rossi joins the true legends of motorcycling

Valentino Rossi's victory at Brno was the 77th time he has stood on the top step of the podium in Grand Prix racing, moving him above Mike Hailwood into third place in the following list of most successful riders ever in the 57-year history of World Championship motorcycle racing. The victory was also the 112th time that Rossi has stood on the podium at a Grand Prix event, the same number of podium finishes achieved by Mike Hailwood, during his GP career.

The Italian rider is without doubt one of the most successful riders of all-time in the premier class as he is on the brink of his fifth world title in the class at the age of just 26. Comparing his performance to the other nine most successful riders of all time in the premier class in terms of number of Grand prix victories, Rossi is the fourth best performer, but there is little doubt that the three riders above him in this list raced, at least for some of their career, at a time when there were very few competitive machines on the grid. Rossi has a much superior win rate than the next best rider on this list from the modern-era, this being Mick Doohan.

Around the percentage of races that they have appeared on the podium, Rossi has out-performed all other riders from the 57-year history of the motorcycle racing World Championship, appearing on the podium 83,5% of the time - more than four times out of five.

Career winning percentage in MotoGP/500cc class:

1. John Surtees 64,7% (34 starts / 22 wins)

2. Giacomo Agostini 57,1% (119 / 68)

3. Mike Hailwood 56,9% (65 / 37)

4. Valentino Rossi 56% (91 / 51)

5. Geoff Duke 40% (55 / 22)

6. Mick Doohan 39,4% (137 / 54)

7. Kenny Roberts 37,9% (58 / 22)

8. Wayne Rainey 28,9% (83 / 24)

9. Eddie Lawson 24,4% (127 / 31)

10. Kevin Schwantz 24% (104 / 25)

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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