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Spanish Grand Prix history – part two

Spanish Grand Prix history – part two

With this weekend seeing the 52nd running of the Spanish Grand Prix, motogp.com charts the event's historical milestones since 1991, in the second part of our reflection on one of the most popular races on the MotoGP calendar.

With this weekend seeing the 52nd running of the Spanish Grand Prix, motogp.com charts the event's historical milestones since 1991, in the second part of our reflection on one of the most popular races on the MotoGP calendar.

1991 – Mick Doohan (Honda) scored the first of his four victories at Jerez. Noboru Ueda won the 125cc race on his first ever appearance in Europe.

1993 – Kevin Schwantz scored the first ever win for Suzuki at the Jerez circuit. In the 250cc class Tetsuya Harada won on his debut appearance in a European Grand Prix and in the 125cc class Kazuto Sakata scored his first ever GP victory. Both riders dedicated their victories to 250cc Japanese rider Nobuyuki Wakai, who lost his life in a pit-lane accident.

1995 – Alberto Puig riding a Honda, became the first ever Spanish rider to win a premier-class race in Spain.

1996 – Doohan scored the last of his four victories at Jerez after a dramatic last lap when the crowd invaded the track and Alex Criville fell at the final corner after leading for the majority of the race.

1997 – Alex Criville beat his team-mate and great rival Doohan to take victory in the premier-class for the first time at Jerez. Valentino Rossi won the 125cc race on his way to winning the first of his world titles.

1998 – Criville repeated his win of the year before, beating his team-mate Doohan once again, this time by just four tenths of a second.

1999 – Criville became the first rider to win in the premier-class for three successive years at Jerez. This time Doohan could not compete after a big crash in practice that brought an end to his career. Valentino Rossi won the 250cc race on his way to the world title.

2000 – A two-part race due to rain was won by Kenny Roberts Jnr, the second at Jerez for Suzuki. Rossi finished third, his first ever podium in the premier-class.

2001 – Rossi (Honda) won the premier-class race to become the first rider to win in three different classes at Jerez.

2002 – The Doctor repeated his victory of 2001. Fonsi Nieto took the victory in the 250cc class, his first ever GP win.

2003 – Rossi won for the third successive year after Loris Capirossi had qualified on pole, the first ever pole in the premier-class for Ducati.

2004 – Sete Gibernau (Honda) became the third Spanish rider to win in the premier-class at Jerez.

2005 – Rossi again won the MotoGP race, this time riding a Yamaha, the first Spanish GP victory for Yamaha in the premier-class since 1988.

2006 – Capirossi scored the first ever victory at Jerez for Ducati, with a start to finish win after the then reigning champion Rossi was knocked off at the first corner.

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