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Shortly before the MotoGP™ grid heads to Misano for the Grand Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, motogp.com brings you all the vital facts and figures about the event.
232 – Dani Pedrosa has scored 232 points from the first twelve MotoGP races of this year. If he finishes either first or second at Misano he will exceed his previous highest total point score for a full season in the MotoGP class, which was 249 in 2008.
100 – At Misano, Stefan Bradl is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start. Bradl made his Grand Prix debut at the age of fifteen at the Catalunya Grand Prix in 2005. After competing as a wild-card in two more races in 2005, he then entered the series full time in 2006. After four years in the 125cc class and making a total of 54 GP starts he moved up to the Moto2 class in 2010. During his two years in the Moto2 class he started 33 races, and the San Marino GP will be his 13th start since moving up to the MotoGP class at the start of this year.
67 – Dani Pedrosa’s win at the Czech Grand Prix was the 67th time he has stood on the podium in the MotoGP class, which is one more podium than Casey Stoner. Only four riders have stood on the podium in the premier-class of GP racing more often than Pedrosa: Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan, Giacomo Agostini and Eddie Lawson.
60 – On the first day of practice at the San Marino Grand Prix, it will be 60 years ago to the day that Les Graham won at Monza in 1952 to give MV Agusta their first ever 500cc Grand Prix victory. MV Agusta went on to take a further 138 wins in the 500cc class of Grand Prix racing.
50 – At the San Marino Grand Prix, Ben Spies is scheduled to make his 50th start in the MotoGP class.
44 – On the day of qualifying at Misano it will be exactly 44 years ago that Giacomo Agostini won the final race of the year at Monza, to make it a clean sweep of ten wins from ten races in the 1968 season. Agostini was followed across the line by Renzo Pasolini, Angelo Bergamonti, Alberto Pagani and Silvano Bertarelli – the only occasion that Italian riders have taken the top five places in the premier-class.
22 – Jorge Lorenzo’s pole at the Czech Grand Prix was his 22nd in the MotoGP class, the same number of poles that Dani Pedrosa has had in the premier-class.
21 – On race day at Misano it will be exactly 21 years since Loris Capirossi won the final 125cc race of the 1990 season at Phillip Island to become the youngest ever world champion – a record that still stands.
19 – The Czech Grand Prix was the nineteenth time that Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo have filled the first two places in MotoGP. On ten of the occasions Lorenzo has been first across the line and on nine occasions Pedrosa has won the battle.
18 – Dani Pedrosa’s victory at Brno was his 18th win in the MotoGP class. This is the same number of premier-class Grand Prix victories as 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner achieved during his career. One more win will take him level in terms of premier-class GP victories with double 500cc world champion Barry Sheene.
15 – Misano has staged Grand Prix events on fifteen previous occasions, the first of which was in 1980. On the ten occasions that a GP was hosted at Misano up to 1993, the races were run in an anti-clockwise direction around the circuit, unlike those held in the last five years.
14 – There have been fourteen 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 eight occasions (1985, 86, 87, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011).
6 – With Jonas Folger winning at the Czech GP, there have now been six different winners (Cortese, Folger, Viñales, Salom, Fenati & Rossi) from four different nations (Germany, Spain, Italy and France) in the first eleven races of the new Moto3 class.
3 – Yamaha have been the most successful manufacturer in MotoGP since the Grand Prix series returned to Misano in 2007 with three victories. Both Ducati and Honda have had a single MotoGP win at the Misano circuit.
3 – With Jonathan Rea replacing Casey Stoner at Misano, there will be three British riders on the MotoGP grid. The last time there were three or more British riders on a MotoGP grid was the last race of the 2004 season at Valencia, when there were four; Jeremy McWilliams (Aprilia), Neil Hodgson (Ducati), James Ellison & Chris Burns both Harris WCM.
0 – None of the riders starting the Moto3 race at the San Marino GP have previously won a Grand Prix at the Misano circuit.
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