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Facts and Figures ahead of British MotoGP visit

Facts and Figures ahead of British MotoGP visit

Facts and Figures ahead of British MotoGP visit

· In the premier-class Honda have taken seven wins in the past ten years, with Yamaha having taken the other three victories in this period. The last winner on a Suzuki was Kevin Schwantz back in 1994.

· Casey Stoner set a couple of new records with his fourth win of the year in Catalunya; he has now won more races in a single season for Ducati than any other rider and also more victories in a single season using Bridgestone tyres.

· Valentino Rossi has had seven victories at Donington; the 125cc race in 1997, the 250cc race in 1999 and in the premier-class in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Rossi broke down while leading the 125cc race in 1996 and crashed out of the 250cc race in 1998 at McLeans after completing just two laps. He also crossed the line first in 2003 but was subsequently given a 10 second penalty for passing under a yellow flag.

· Dani Pedrosa did the clean sweep at Donington last year, winning the race with a new lap record after qualifying on pole position. This was the last time that Pedrosa stood on the top step of the podium.

· Marco Melandris third place finish last year was the first time he had reached the chequered flag at Donington riding a MotoGP bike. He crashed in both 2003 and 2005, and missed the race in 2004 due to injuries suffered in a crash during practice.

· Chris Vermeulen finished sixteenth at Donington last year after qualifying strongly in second place and then crashed in the race on lap sixteen after a collision with Colin Edwards.

· John Hopkins finished in eighth place last year at Donington but was the first rider across the line using Bridgestone tyres.

· This will be Loris Capirossis seventeenth Grand Prix event at the Donington circuit, where he had his first GP victory as a sixteen year old in 1990. He repeated the win in 1991 and also won the 250cc GP at Donington in 1994 and 1998. Although he has finished fourth on three occasions in the premier-class at Donington he is still looking for his first podium. Capirossis fourth place finish in 2003 is the best result by a Ducati rider at Donington.

· Alex Barros has made thirteen starts in the premier class at Donington and has finished on the podium on four occasions.

· Toni Elias missed the British Grand Prix last year due to injuries received in a crash during practice at Dutch TT which was the previous weekend.

· Colin Edwards second place finish in 2004 at Donington was his first podium in Grand Prix racing. Edwards has had two race wins at Donington riding for Honda in World Superbike, in 1999 and 2000.

· Nicky Hayden arrived at Donington last year leading the world championship standings by 42 points after his win at the Dutch TT but had one of his less successful races of 2006 finishing down in seventh after qualifying in eleventh, his lowest grid position of the year.

· Alex Hofmann has already scored eight more points in the first seven races of the year than he did throughout the seventeen race 2006 season.

· Randy de Puniets fifth place finish at Catalunya is his best ever result in the MotoGP class and followed his first front row start on a MotoGP machine. This was also the best result for Kawasaki since Nakano was second at the Dutch TT last year.

· Carlos Checa will be making his twelfth start in the premier-class at Donington, the circuit he made his 500cc class debut back in 1995.

· Shinya Nakano has failed to make the finish for the last two years at Donington; last year he retired on lap fourteen with mechanical problems and lasted just three laps in 2005 before crashing while suffering gearbox difficulties.

· Sylvain Guintoli, who celebrates his 25th birthday on the same day as the British Grand Prix, has finished in a point scoring position in each of his first seven races in the MotoGP class.

· Kenny Roberts has twice finished on the podium at Donington when riding for Suzuki; in 2000 he finished second on his way to winning the world title and in 2005 he was again second his only podium of the year.

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MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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