Motegi – Racing Numbers

Thursday, 11 October 2012

To kick off the first race of the MotoGP™ triple-header at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi, motogp.com brings you some interesting facts and figures about the upcoming event.

257 – After his Aragon Grand Prix win Dani Pedrosa has scored 257 points from the first fourteen races of the year. This is already the highest points total he has achieved in a single season in the MotoGP class; his previous best was 249 points in 2008.

179 – Following his third place finish at the Aragon Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso has accumulated 179 points so far in 2012, which is already the highest points’ total by a rider in a satellite team since Marco Melandri scored 187 points in 2007 on board a Honda run by the Gresini team.

100 – At the Japanese Grand Prix Swiss Moto2 rider Dominique Aegerter is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start. He is set to become the youngest-ever Swiss rider to reach the milestone of 100 GP starts, taking the record from Thomas Lüthi. After the Grand Prix of Aragón, Aegerter has made 47 starts in the Moto2 class and 52 in the 125cc class.

50 years – On race day in Japan it will be exactly 50 years ago to the day that the Argentinean Grand Prix took place in 1962 in Buenos Aires. In the 500cc class home rider Benedicto Caldarella riding a Matchless took his only GP win. The 250cc race was won by Arthur Wheeler at the age of 46 – the oldest ever rider to win a Grand Prix. Hugh Anderson gave Suzuki their first win in the 125cc class and Ernst Degner finished second in the 50cc race to clinch the world title – the first championship in any class for a Suzuki rider.

19 – Dani Pedrosa’s victory at the Aragon GP was the 19th time he has stood on the top step of the podium in the MotoGP class. This is the same number of premier-class GP wins as double world champion Barry Sheene achieved during his career. His next win will take him equal to Freddie Spencer in terms of premier-class Grand Prix victories.

19 years – At the Aragon GP, Cal Crutchlow finished 4th and Jonathan Rea was 7th. This is the first time in 19 years that there have been two British riders finish in the top seven in a premier-class Grand Prix; the last time it occurred was at Donington Park in 1993 when Niall Mackenzie finished third and Carl Fogarty fourth.

11 – On race day in Japan it will be exactly 11 years ago to the day that Valentino Rossi won the 500cc race at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix to clinch the world title and become the youngest-ever rider to win world titles in three different classes. The race was one of the closest of all-time with less than three seconds covering the first nine riders across the finishing line.

4 – At the Grand Prix of Aragón, Yamaha riders finished the race in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions. This is the first time in the four-stroke MotoGP era that Yamaha have had four riders finish in the first five positions.

4 – Dani Pedrosa’s win at the Aragón GP was his fourth victory of this season. This equals his previous best for most wins in a single season in the MotoGP class, which he achieved in 2010.

1 – Dani Pedrosa is the only rider to have won at Motegi in all three classes of Grand Prix racing, having won the MotoGP race last year to add to his 250cc win in 2004 and 125cc win in 2002.

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