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Facts, stats and trends from 22 years in Mugello

Facts, stats and trends from 22 years in Mugello

More than two decades of World Championship action has taken place in Mugello, with home winners, phases of dominance and some breathtaking racing.

This is the 23rd occasion that a GP has been held at Mugello, including eighteen times in the consecutive years from 1991. The Italian track has played host to some of the most exciting races in premier class history.

Upon arrival as the scene of a Grand Prix event in 1976, Mugello has also played a part in maintaining an Italian presence on every World Championship calendar since the inaugural 1949 season. Only the Netherlands and Great Britain can join Italy in boasting of such a feat. In the preceding 22 visits to Mugello, a number of facts, stats and trends have emerged, detailed below:

- The first premier class race at the now world-famous track was won by MotoGP Legend Barry Sheene, riding a Suzuki. He triumphed by a margin of just 0.1s from Phil Read in one of the closest finishes of all time, in a marathon race lasting over 62 minutes.

- Since that first event Suzuki have won just once more at Mugello, with Kevin Schwantz in 1992. John Hopkins´ fifth place last year is the best result for Suzuki with their four-stroke MotoGP machine.

- Yamaha have had six premier class victories at Mugello; in 1978 with Kenny Roberts, in 1991 with Wayne Rainey and for the last four years with Valentino Rossi.

- Honda have been the most successful manufacturer in the premier class at Mugello, with a total of fourteen victories.

- Ducati have had a rider on the podium at Mugello for the last three years – but are still looking for their first victory at their home race. Ducati riders have started from pole for the last two years – Sete Gibernau in 2006 and Casey Stoner last year.

- Mugello is one of just five circuits on this year´s calendar where Bridgestone have not had a MotoGP win. The others are Estoril, Assen, Sachsenring and Indianapolis, the latter being used for the first time this year.

- Mugello is Kawasaki´s least successful MotoGP circuit, with a best result of 10th in 2005 with Shinya Nakano onboard.

- Mick Doohan took six successive premier class victories at Mugello – a feat matched by Valentino Rossi last year.

- Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider across all the classes at Mugello with a total of eight victories; one each in 125cc and 250cc classes to add to his six MotoGP wins.

- Loris Capirossi was the first Italian rider to take a premier class victory at Mugello when he won the 500cc race in 2000, after a race long battle with his countrymen Biaggi and Rossi. Both of his rivals fell in the closing stages.

- The highest recorded maximum speed at Mugello is 343 kph (213.1 mph) set by Alex Barros on his factory Honda during the race in 2004.

- Italian riders have been very successful in the lower cylinder classes at Mugello, having had ten wins in the 250cc class and eleven in the 125cc class.

- The 125cc races have proved to be very close at Mugello in recent years; last year was the closest ever top four finish in the 125cc class and in 2006 Mattia Pasini won by the smallest measurable margin of one thousandth of a second.

MotoGP, 2008

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