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Six of the best in MotoGP victory run

Six of the best in MotoGP victory run

Casey Stoner's victory in Qatar not only added him to the list of new MotoGP race winners, but also extended an intriguing run that illustrates perfectly the competitiveness of the MotoGP field.

Casey Stoner's victory in Qatar not only added him to the list of new MotoGP race winners, but also extended an intriguing run that illustrates perfectly the competitiveness of the MotoGP field.

The last six races in the MotoGP class, spanning both this season and last, have all been won by different riders. The ongoing streak was started by Valentino Rossi back in September 2006, when he triumphed at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. Then followed wins for Marco Melandri at the first ever flag-to-flag race at Phillip Island, a dominant display for Loris Capirossi in Japan, Toni Elias' unforgettable victory in Portugal and Troy Bayliss' shock success in the final race of the season at Valencia.

It is the first time that six or more successive races have been won by different riders since 1999/2000, when there were a record seven unique riders on the top step of the podium. The magnificent seven were Alex Criville (Imola), Regis Laconi (Valencia), Tadayuki Okada (Phillip Island), Max Biaggi (Welkom), Norick Abe (Rio de Janeiro), Kenny Roberts Jr.(Buenos Aires) and Garry McCoy (Welkom).

Out of the current MotoGP grid with experience of premier class glory, wins for Dani Pedrosa, Carlos Checa, Alex Barros, Kenny Roberts Jr or Makoto Tamada would equal this record total.

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