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Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya – Racing Numbers

Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya – Racing Numbers

On the eve of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, brings you some interesting facts and figures to get your trivia up to date.

100 – At the Catalunya Grand Prix, French rider Alexis Masbou makes his 100th Grand Prix start, all of which have been in the lightweight class. Masbou celebrates his 25th birthday on the day of qualifying at the Catalan Grand Prix.

53 years – On race day at the Catalan Grand Prix it will be exactly 53 years ago to the day that Honda made their debut in the world championship series at the Isle of Man TT races in 1959. The best result achieved by the five Honda riders entered in the races was 6th by Naomi Taniguchi.

19 – Casey Stoner’s third place finish at Le Mans was the 19th successive race at which he has stood on the podium. Only two riders have had longer runs of successive podium finishes in the premier-class: Valentino Rossi who finished on the podium at 23 successive races and Giacomo Agostini with 22 successive podiums.

11th – James Ellison’s 11th place finish at the French Grand Prix is the best result so far in MotoGP for a rider on a CRT machine.

7 – At Le Mans, Louis Rossi became the seventh French rider to win a Grand Prix in the lightweight GP class, joining: Jean Aureal, Guy Bertin, Mike di Meglio, Jean-Claude Selini, Arnaud Vincent and Johann Zarco.

5th – Stefan Bradl’s fifth place finish at the French Grand Prix is the best result by a non-factory Honda since Hiroshi Aoyama was 4th at the Spanish Grand Prix last year.

5 – At the French GP Valentino Rossi finished on the podium for the first time on the Ducati since the engine capacity limit has been increased to 1000cc. Rossi has now finished on the podium in MotoGP on five different bikes: 990cc Honda, 990cc Yamaha, 800cc Yamaha, 800cc Ducati and 1000cc Ducati.

4 – The first four races of the new Moto3 class have resulted in four different winners and each one of a different nationality.

4 – Casey Stoner has won the last four MotoGP races held in Spain; in Catalunya, Aragon and Valencia last year, and at Jerez earlier this year.

3 – After just four Moto3 races of the season there are only three riders who have scored points at all four races; Sandro Cortese, Alex Rins and Alberto Moncayo.

2nd – Prior to Valentino Rossi’s second place finish at Le Mans, Casey Stoner was the only rider to finish either first or second on a Ducati since Toni Elias was second at Brno in 2008.


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