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Young podium finishers break record

Young podium finishers break record

When MotoGP rookie Jorge Lorenzo joined two other premier class graduates from the 250cc class on the rostrum in Qatar, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, the opening round of the 2008 season therefore produced the youngest podium ever in the history of Grand Prix racing.

When MotoGP rookie Jorge Lorenzo joined two other premier class graduates from the 250cc class on the rostrum in Qatar, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, the opening round of the 2008 season therefore produced the youngest podium ever in the history of Grand Prix racing.

The success of the talented young trio broke a record that has stood for more than 30 years, since the French GP of 1976 – which was won by 25 year-old Barry Sheene ahead of two riders making their first appearances on a premier-class podium, 20 year-old Johnny Cecotto and 21 year-old Marco Lucchinelli.

The Sheene, Cecotto and Lucchinelli combination averaged 22 years and 29 weeks between them, while the new record set by Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa stands at 21 years and 47 weeks.

Qatar was not the first time that Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo have appeared on a World Championship podium together, having done so in the 250cc class twice in 2005, at Brno and Valencia.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo's second place finish on his MotoGP debut at the age of 20 years and 310 days, just squeezes him into the top ten of youngest ever podium finishers in the premier-class, in ninth place.

Above Lorenzo on that list, topped by Randy Mamola who finished second in Finland in 1979 at the age of 19 years and 260 days, Pedrosa and Stoner are respectively the sixth and seventh youngest premier class podium finishers of all time.

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