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Rossi maintains positive win percentage

Rossi maintains positive win percentage

Valentino Rossi's victory at Jerez not only took him to the top of the World Championship standings, but it also kept his MotoGP victory percentage ‘in the black'.

Valentino Rossi's victory at Jerez not only took him to the top of the World Championship standings, but it also kept his MotoGP victory percentage ‘in the black'. Ending his run of 5 races without a win, the five time MotoGP World Champion increased his tally of triumphs to 59 from 116 starts, giving him a participation-victory percentage of 50.8%

Rossi first broke the 50% mark five years ago at the 2002 British Grand Prix, having taken 20 victories during his 40 race tenure in the premier class. At his most dominant, Rossi's win rate peaked at the 2005 Czech Grand Prix at an astonishing 56%.

Rossi has the fourth best percentage of all time (out of riders who have competed in a minimum of 20 races), behind John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood. Of riders in the ‘modern era', the Italian is far ahead of the next best rider, Mick Doohan, who ended his career with 54 wins from 137 races.

‘The Doctor' is aiming to add yet another race to his list in Turkey, one of only three tracks on this year's calendar where he hasn't reigned supreme. Countryman Marco Melandri has a perfect record at the scene of the next round of the MotoGP World Championship, likewise Nicky Hayden at Laguna Seca in the USA. The only other circuit where Rossi has not tasted victory is Misano, which hosts a Grand Prix for the first time since 1993 this year.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Valentino Rossi

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