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Brno´s Racing Numbers

Brno´s Racing Numbers

In preparation for the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky, here are the facts, figures, stats and trivia for the visit to Brno.

71– Valentino Rossi´s race time at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix was 71 seconds faster than Nicky Hayden´s winning time at Laguna Seca on the 990cc Honda just three years ago.

50– Marco Simoncelli´s victory at the Sachsenring was the 50th Grand Prix win for Gilera (500cc x35, 350cc x4, 250cc x3, 125cc x8)

39–This will be the 39th time that a Grand Prix event has been held at Brno. Only two venues have played host to Grand Prix events on more occasions: Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium which hosted 40 Grand Prix events and Assen which has had a Grand Prix in each of the 60 years of the World Championship series.

33–Valentino Rossi´s victory at Laguna Seca was the 33rd time that he had won in the premier-class riding a Yamaha, coincidentally exactly the same number of wins as he achieved riding for Honda. MotoGP Legend Phil Read had 39 Grand Prix victories across all solo classes riding Yamaha machinery, and is the only rider with more Grand Prix victories on a Yamaha than Rossi.

27– The second day of qualifying at Brno (Saturday) will be the 27th anniversary of Barry Sheene´s victory at the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp in 1981 - the last time that a British rider triumphed in the premier-class.

20–At the Czech Grand Prix of 1988 Jorge Martinez won both the 125cc and 80cc races, on his way to taking the world titles in both classes. This was the last ever occasion that a rider won two Grand Prix races on the same day.

8–The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix was the eighth time that Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi have finished first and second. Of these eight races, Stoner has won five times whilst Rossi has come out on top on three occasions.

6–At the last six races there have been three different manufacturers represented on the podium in MotoGP.

6–Bridgestone riders have started from pole in the MotoGP class at the last six races, one more than the previous best sequence of poles by Bridgestone achieved last year.

6–The total number of wins by Czech riders in Grand Prix racing. In addition to two wins in the 125cc class last year for Lukas Pesek, Frantisek Stastny scored a total of four wins; one in the 500cc class and three in the 350cc class.

5–Casey Stoner has started from pole at the last five races, equaling the longest run of successive poles on a four-stroke MotoGP machine. If Stoner qualifies on pole at Brno it will be the longest sequence of successive poles in the premier-class since Mick Doohan started from pole at twelve successive races in 1997.


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