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Racing Numbers for Misano

Racing Numbers for Misano

The facts, fancies and figures relevant to this weekend´s race at Misano, in the latest edition of Racing Numbers.

21- The final day of qualifying at Misano is the 21st anniversary of the very first Grand Prix victory for Aprilia, which coincidentally was also at the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. This first race win was in the 250cc class by Loris Reggiani. In the 318 races held in the 250cc class starting at the San Marino GP on 1987 Aprilia have taken 135 victories, which is a single victory more than Honda during this period. These 135 victories have been achieved by 24 different riders, the most successful of which is Max Biaggi with 23 wins.

15.004– Valentino Rossi´s winning margin (in seconds) at Brno is the biggest ever in the four-stroke MotoGP era in a dry race, taking the record from Dani Pedrosa (who won in Germany last year with by margin of 13.166 seconds) The last time that a rider won a premier-class race by more than 15 seconds was when Mick Doohan won the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix by 22.077 seconds.

13– San Marino riders have won a total of 13 Grand Prix races shared between two riders – Manuel Poggiali with twelve wins (7 x 125cc, 5 x 250cc) and Alex de Angelis with a single 250cc victory.

10– There have been ten previous San Marino Grand Prix events. The first San Marino Grand Prix was held at Imola in 1981. Three different circuits have hosted the San Marino Grand Prix – Imola twice (1981 & 1983), Mugello four times (1982, 84, 91 and 93) and Misano on four occasions (1985, 86, 87 and 2007).

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

6– Casey Stoner has started from pole at the last six races, the longest sequence of successive poles on a four-stroke MotoGP machine. It is the longest sequence of successive poles in the premier-class since Mick Doohan started from pole at twelve successive races in 1997.

5– The first five riders across the line last year in the MotoGP race at Misano were using Bridgestone tyres.

5– The first five riders home in the MotoGP race in Brno were riding motorcycles from five different manufacturers. The only other time this has occurred during the four-stroke MotoGP era was last year in Catalunya.

2– The Misano MotoGP race last year was the first occasion in the four-stroke MotoGP era that Suzuki had two riders finish together on the podium.

1.249– The time (in seconds) covering the first five riders across the line in the 250cc race at Brno. This is the closest top five finish in the 250cc class since the Dutch TT in 1999, when 0.742 seconds covered the top five finishers in a race won by Loris Capirossi from Valentino Rossi, Jeremy McWilliams, Tohru Ukawa and Shinya Nakano.


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