Key figures for the Australian Grand Prix, including some astounding achievements from a certain Mr. Valentino Rossi…
– Marco Simoncelli´s win in Japan was the 200th successive win in the 250cc class for riders using Dunlop tyres.
- Valentino Rossi´s victory in Japan was his 57th riding a four-stroke MotoGP machine in 115 races. If he wins in Australia it will be 58 wins from 116 MotoGP races that have been held since the introduction of the four-stroke machines at the start of 2002 – which would give him a win rate of 50%.
–Rossi´s win also clinched the premier class Constructors´ world title for Yamaha for the eleventh time.
– Colin Edwards has finished on the podium 10 times in his career without having had a win. New Zealand rider Graeme Crosby is the only other rider to score 10 podium finishes in the premier-class without having stood on the top step. Edwards competes in his 100th MotoGP race this weekend.
–Rossi has won five successive MotoGP races, equalling his longest sequence of consecutive wins on a Yamaha. He needs to win in Australia and Malaysia to equal his longest sequence of wins, achieved in 2002 riding a Honda.
- Rossi is also the first rider to win the premier class title on four different types of motorcycle: Honda 4-cylinder 2-stroke, Honda 990cc 5-cylinder 4-stroke, Yamaha 990cc 4-cylinder 4-stroke and a Yamaha 800cc 4-cylinder 4-stroke.