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Racing numbers: Gran Premio bwin de España

Racing numbers: Gran Premio bwin de España

When it comes to MotoGP™ records in 2013, one looks to Marc Marquez. You’d be forgiven for thinking the newcomer is the only one generating trivia ahead of the third round, but there’s plenty of other gems on offer as the latest edition of Racing Numbers reveals…

100 - At the Spanish Grand Prix, Moto2™ riders Randy Krummenacher and Ratthapark Wilairot are both scheduled to make their 100th Grand Prix start.

45 years - On the day of qualifying at Jerez, it will be exactly 45 years since Salvador Canellas won the 125 Grand Prix held around Montjuich Park in Barcelona in 1968; this was the first ever Grand Prix victory for a Spanish rider and the first for Spanish manufacturer Bultaco.

37 years - Following his fifth place finish at the Grand Prix of Americas, Scott Redding is the first British rider to lead the championship in the intermediate class of Grand Prix racing since Tom Herron did so after winning the Isle of Man TT in June 1976. The last British rider to lead a championship in any class was Bradley Smith, after winning the 125 Grand Prix of Italy at Mugello in 2009.

26 - Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his 26th birthday on the day of qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix.

17 - German Moto3™ rider Phillip Oettl celebrates his 17th birthday on the first day of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

16 - Livio Loi is scheduled to make his Grand Prix debut at Jerez, having turned 16 on Saturday 27th April.

11 - On race day in Jerez, it will be exactly 11 years to the day that Jorge Lorenzo made his Grand Prix debut in the 125 class at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2002, one day after celebrating his 15th birthday. At that debut event, he was not allowed to take part in the first day of practice because he had not reached the minimum age limit - which at that time was 15.

8 - Eight of the nine podium finishers across the three classes at the Grand Prix of Americas were from Spain. This is the highest number of podium finishers that Spain has ever had at one Grand Prix event. The last time that any one nation has had eight podium finishers across the three classes, in a Grand Prix not boycotted by top riders, was at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2000 when home riders took eight of the nine podium places. The single exceptions on each occasion were Kenny Roberts Jr, who finished second in the 500 Grand Prix at Suzuka in 2000, and Mika Kallio, who came home third in the 2013 Moto2 race at Circuit of the Americas.

3 - Each of the three winners at the Grand Prix of Americas were first-time winners in their particular class. The last time such a happening occurred at a Grand Prix event was in Sweden in 1982, when the three winners were: Ivan Palazzese (125 class), Roland Freymond (250 class) and Takazumi Katayama (500 class).

3 - At the Grand Prix in Austin, all three riders on the MotoGP podium were from Spain (Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo). This was only the second time in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing that three Spanish riders had stood together on a premier-class podium; the only other occasion had been at the Japanese Grand Prix last year (Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Alvaro Bautista).


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