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Rider notes for Valencia

Rider notes for Valencia

Who are the form riders at Valencia, and who will be looking to turn their luck around on Spanish soil?

Who are the form riders at Valencia, and who will be looking to turn their luck around on Spanish soil? Which member of the MotoGP grid will be blowing out candles before the race, and who is defending national pride? All the answers and more in the final MotoGP statistics of the season.

- Both Honda and Yamaha have won three races in the premier-class at Valencia, with Suzuki and Ducati each holding a single victory.

Last years MotoGP race at Valencia was the first ever one-two for Ducati.

Casey Stoner scored his first ever GP victory at Valencia, in the 125cc class in 2003 riding an Aprilia.

Valentino Rossi has had two victories at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in 2003 on a Honda and in 2004 riding a Yamaha. If Rossi finishes in the top three in Valencia he will become the first rider to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in the premier class.

Dani Pedrosa won the 125cc race in Valencia in 2002 and the 250cc race in both 2004 and 2005. A victory in Valencia for Pedrosa would make him the first rider to have won in all three classes at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Marco Melandri won the 250cc GP at Valencia in 2002 and the MotoGP race in 2005. Last year he finished fifth, after qualifying down in twelfth place on the grid.

John Hopkins has not had a top ten finish in his five visits to Valencia; his best result is eleventh which he achieved in 2002 riding the 2-stroke Yamaha and last year riding for Suzuki.

Chris Vermeulen did not finish last year in Valencia after running off the track due to gear selection problems. This is the only time in the last thirty MotoGP races that Vermeulen has failed to reach the finish line of a race.

Loris Capirossi has twice finished on the podium in the last four years riding for Ducati; third place in 2003 and second last year.

Colin Edwards finished ninth last year in Valencia, after three successive eighth place finishes on his previous visits to the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Nicky Hayden has finished on the podium for the last two years at Valencia, having crashed on his previous two visits to the circuit.

Alex Barros has twice finished on the podium in Valencia, including a victory in 2002 on only his fourth appearance on the four-stroke Honda RC211V.

Randy de Puniets current points total of 101 is the highest ever achieved by a Kawasaki rider in the MotoGP class.

Toni Elias has had three podiums at Valencia in the smaller classes; in the 125cc class in 2001 and in the 250cc class in both 2003 and 2004.

Makoto Tamada will be celebrating his 31st birthday on race day in Valencia.

If Chaz Davies does not finish in the top fifteen in Valencia it will be the first time since the Grand Prix series started in 1949 that there has been a full season without a British rider scoring points in the premier class.


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