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Grand Prix racing numbers for Le Mans

Grand Prix racing numbers for Le Mans

Facts, figures, trivia and statistics for the Alice Grand Prix de France, race five on the MotoGP World Championship calendar.

The last round of the MotoGP World Championship two weeks ago added yet more figures to the Grand Prix racing numbers, six of which are presented here.

50 – Valentino Rossi's victory in China was his 50th in the 104 races since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP formula at the start of 2002.

32 – Until Yuki Takahashi had problems at the final corner of the 250cc race in China it looked like there was going to be no Aprilia rider on the podium. This would have been the first 250cc podium without an Aprilia since the French GP in 2006, which was an all Honda top three. Shanghai was the 32nd successive race that Aprilia have had at least one rider on the podium in the 250cc class.

12 – Valentino Rossi has now won at least one Grand Prix across the various classes for 12 successive seasons. Only one rider has a longer run of consecutive seasons with at least one GP victory; Max Biaggi won in 13 successive campaigns.

8 - There have been a total of eight different circuits used to host the French GP; Albi, Clermont-Ferrand, Le Mans, Magny-Cours, Nogaro, Paul Ricard, Reims and Rouen.

6 – Le Mans is one of just six circuits on this year´s calendar where Ducati have not yet had a MotoGP win. The others are Estoril, Mugello, Assen, Sachsenring and Indianapolis, the latter of which is being used for the first time this season.

4 – Yamaha riders have started from pole at the first four races of the year. This is the first time that the Yamaha four-stroke MotoGP machine has been on pole at four successive races.

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