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Racing numbers: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Racing numbers: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

It’s number-crunching time again, as MotoGP™ heads to Circuit of the Americas for the first in a trio of American races this season.

99 – Jorge Lorenzo’s win at the Qatar Grand Prix marked the 99th time he has stood on the podium in Grand Prix racing.  His next top three finish will make him just the eighth rider to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in Grand Prix racing. The other riders to have achieved this are: Valentino Rossi (178 podium finishes), Giacomo Agostini (159), Ángel Nieto (139), Phil Read (121), Mike Hailwood (112), Dani Pedrosa (112) and Max Biaggi (111).

39 years - On race day in Austin it will be exactly 39 years ago to the day that Barry Sheene finished on the podium for the first time in the 500 class, taking second place in the debut outing for the new square-four RG500 Suzuki at the 1974 French Grand Prix, which took place at Clermont-Ferrand.

29 – The last 29 MotoGP victories have been shared between three riders: Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.  The last MotoGP win by a rider other than these three was at the Dutch TT in 2011, when Ben Spies took his only Grand Prix victory so far.

21 years – On the first day of practice in Austin it will be exactly 21 years to the day that Àlex Crivillé finished third in the 1992 Malaysian 500 Grand Prix, signalling the first podium finish in the premier class for a Spanish rider. Since then, Spaniards have taken another 252 podium finishes in the premier class.

17 years – On race day in Austin it will be exactly 17 years to the day that the late Norick Abe won the 500 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in 1996, becoming the second youngest rider of all-time to win a premier class Grand Prix. The youngest is Freddie Spencer.

14 – With his second place finish at the Qatar Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi has now had at least one podium finish for 14 successive seasons in the premier class of Grand Prix racing. This is something no other rider has achieved; previously Rossi had shared the record with Giacomo Agostini, who had at least one podium finish for 13 successive seasons.

5 – The last five MotoGP races in the USA have been won by Honda riders. The last non-Honda winner was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.

5 – Pol Espargaró has qualified on pole position at the last five races, which equals the longest sequence of successive poles in the Moto2 class - achieved by Stefan Bradl in 2011. If the Spaniard achieves the top spot in qualifying again this weekend, it will be the longest sequence of successive poles in the intermediate class of Grand Prix racing since Max Biaggi was on pole for seven successive 250 races in 1995.

4 – Casey Stoner is the rider who has taken most Grand Prix victories in the USA: three MotoGP wins at Laguna Seca and one at Indianapolis. Two riders competing at the Grand Prix of Americas could equal this total of four wins in the country; Dani Pedrosa who has two MotoGP victories at Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca, whereas Nico Terol who has won the 125 GP race at Indianapolis on three occasions.

2 – At the Qatar Grand Prix, Yamaha riders finished first and second in a MotoGP race for the first time since the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril in 2010, in which the same two riders - Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi – had crossed the line in the same order.


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