Rossi: Longest-serving premier class winner

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Valentino Rossi’s historic victory at Assen was not only his 80th in the premier class of MotoGP™. The nine-time champion has now also established a new record in terms of being a winning rider in the series.

With his first top class win having come in the 500 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Donington Park in 2000, Rossi’s 2013 victory in the Dutch TT came 12 years and 355 days later. This beats the previous record held by Brazil’s Alex Barros (11 years and 204 days) and pushes Phil Read down to third place (11 years and 16 days).

‘The Doctor’ could still set the same record when considering all categories. Rossi’s current win span is 16 years and 345 days; if he wins at Sepang this year, he will beat Loris Capirossi’s 17 years and 49 days. Rossi’s first ever win came in the 125 Czech Grand Prix at Brno in 1996.

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