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GP of Turkey: New track, new challenge

GP of Turkey: New track, new challenge

GP of Turkey: New track, new challenge

The first-ever visit to Turkey poses a new challenge for the Grand Prix riders and teams. This is the 689th Grand Prix event since the motorcycle world championship series started back in 1949. During that time many different circuits and countries have hosted Grand Prix racing and below are some facts and figures related to this:

- Turkey will be the 29th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix event; Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Venezuela, Yugoslavia.

- The country with the most Grand Prix events to its name is Spain, with 75, which has hosted the Grand Prix of Spain, Catalunya, Madrid, Europe, FIM, Valencia and Portugal.

- The only countries which have held a GP event every year since 1949 are Britain (on the Isle of Man until 1976), Italy (as the Nations GP until 1990) and Holland.

- The only circuit which has been used every year since 1949 has been Assen in Holland, the next most used circuit is Spa in Belgium which was visited 40 times between and 1949 and 1990.

- Spa is also the fastest circuit used for GP racing with a fastest ever lap average speed of 220.7 km/h (137 mph) by Barry Sheene in 1977 riding a Suzuki. The slowest circuit used was Montjuich Park in Spain where the 500cc race in 1951 was won by Umberto Masetti on a Gilera at an average speed of 94 km/h (58.4 mph).

- The longest circuit used is the IOM TT circuit at 37.73 miles long (60.72 km). The longest race ever held was also on the IOM in 1957 when the Golden Jubilee TT race was run over 8 laps at a total distance of 301.84 miles (485.8 km), won by Bob McIntyre riding a Gilera in a time of 3hrs 2 min 57 sec.


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