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Rossi continues to rewrite history books

Rossi continues to rewrite history books

Five-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is no stranger to the record books and at the age of 28 has already made his mark - to break several records of now-retired Grand Prix legends.

Five-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is no stranger to the record books and at the age of 28 has already made his mark - to break several records of now-retired Grand Prix legends. Victory at Mugello gave the statisticians yet more history making to pencil in, with ‘The Doctor' once again on the top step of the rostrum.

Rossi's record of six consecutive victories at his home circuit was uncharted territory in MotoGP, and even without stepping onto the highest point of the rostrum he still would have reached another milestone. The 95th podium of his premier class career puts him level with Mick Doohan as the rider with the most top three finishes, and there would be few bookmakers who would accept bets on Rossi going ahead of ‘The Thunder from Down Under' by the end of this season.

A total of 27 wins for Yamaha since joining the factory team in 2004 also gives Rossi a new boast, that of being the most successful rider for the manufacturer. After victory at Jerez, Rossi had been level on wins with former World Champion Eddie Lawson, and last season had pulled ahead of Yamaha legend Wayne Rainey.

Another triumph for the Fiat Yamaha rider, team-mate Colin Edwards or satellite team riders Sylvain Guintoli and Makoto Tamada would mean that Rossi's current factory would reach the 150 win mark in MotoGP, something previously only achieved by Honda (who hold 204 victories).

Indeed, the chances of them reaching the one and a half century mark at Catalunya look favourable, with the track being Rossi's most successful alongside Mugello. Five wins from the last six races to be held in Montmelo demonstrate an impressive pedigree, and an additional victory would be a repeat of the last time he won consecutive races in the premier class (he was victorious at Mugello and Catalunya in 2006).

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Valentino Rossi

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