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MotoGP racing numbers: Qatar

MotoGP racing numbers: Qatar

Heading into the 2008 season, the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar and the beginning of the year's action throws up some interesting numbers from past, present and future.

Heading into the 2008 season, the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar and the beginning of the year's action throws up some interesting numbers from past, present and future.

73% - On 43 occasions in the 59 year history of Grand Prix racing the rider who has gone on to take premier class world title has finished on the podium at the opening race of the year.

60 – 2008 will be the 60th year that the World Championship has been run since the series was devised in 1949.

54% – In the 59 year history of Grand Prix racing the rider who has won the first race of the year in the premier class has gone on to take the title on 32 occasions.

50 – Dani Pedrosa's victory in the final race of 2007 was the 50th for the Honda with a four-stroke machine. This represents exactly 50% of the races since the new MotoGP formula was introduced at the start of 2002. The other race wins have been split as follows: Yamaha – 31, Ducati – 18, Suzuki – 1.

49 – Valentino Rossi holds 49 victories in the four-stroke MotoGP class. Twenty of these wins have been on a Honda and the remainder on a Yamaha.

4 – If Loris Capirossi scores a win following his switch to Suzuki, he will be the first rider to have won in the premier class on bikes from four different manufacturers, having already won races for Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.

3 – The Ducati factory team will be aiming to win the opening race of the year for the third successive season, after Loris Capirossi won at Jerez in 2006 and Casey Stoner won at Qatar last year.

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MotoGP, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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