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Italys double century secured by The Doctor

Italys double century secured by The Doctor

Valentino Rossis triumph at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal was his fourth victory of the season, his first visit to the top step of the podium since Assen and the 200th win for Italy in the premier class.

Valentino Rossis triumph at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal was his fourth victory of the season, his first visit to the top step of the podium since Assen and the 200th win for Italy in the premier class.

Although The Doctor still has no realistic chance of catching champion-elect Casey Stoner in the title race unless the Australian World Championship leader is injured the 0.175s win over Dani Pedrosa on Estorils final straight was a great confidence booster and also marks a significant achievement by his countrys riders.

Italy is by far the most successful nation in terms of premier-class Grand Prix victories with their double century putting them at the head of a list which features the USA in second with 153 wins and Great Britain in third with 138.

Rossi has been a major contributor to the Italian win total, with 62 victories to his name just six short of the incredible total of 68 wins secured by MotoGP Legend Giacomo Agostini in the 1960s and 1970s.

Although Rossis amazing race to the line with Toni Elias at Estoril last season saw him miss out on victory by just 0.002s which essentially resulted in him losing the 2006 World title after his crash in the final race in Valencia the Fiat Yamaha rider has a superb record at the track. His latest success was his eighth consecutive podium appearance on Portuguese soil and his fifth premier class victory at the Atlantic coast venue.

In total 18 riders in addition to Rossi have contributed to the total of 200 premier class Grand Prix wins for Italy:
68 Giacomo Agostini
62 Valentino Rossi
13 Max Biaggi
8 Luca Cadalora and Loris Capirossi
6 Marco Lucchinelli and Umberto Masetti
5 Marco Melandri and Franco Uncini
4 Libero Liberati
3 Alberto Milani and Alberto Pagani
2 Virginio Ferrari and Nello Pagani
1 Angelo Bergamonti, Gianfranco Bonera, Pier Francesco Chili, Giuseppe Colnago and Remo Venturi.

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MotoGP, 2007, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL

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