Racing Numbers: Hertz British Grand Prix

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Two riders will be hitting centuries of race starts as the current MotoGP™ triple-header draws to a close at Silverstone this weekend. But perhaps the most worrying numbers for rivals are those complimenting Marc Marquez’s career…

100 – At the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso is scheduled to make his 100th start in the MotoGP class. Dovizioso has not missed a race since moving up to the MotoGP class in 2008. He has raced three different bikes in his time in the MotoGP class – an 800cc Honda, 1000cc Yamaha and 1000cc Ducati. Dovizioso has shown great consistency during his time in the premier class and has scored points in 89 of the 99 MotoGP races he has contested.

100 – Moto3’s Efren Vazquez is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start at the British GP at Silverstone. Vazquez made his Grand Prix debut at the British GP at Donington Park in the 250 class in 2007. After completing the remainder of 2007 competing in the 250 class he moved down to the 125 class as a full-time rider for the 2008 season and he has competed in the smallest class of GP racing since then. Vazquez will have his 27th birthday on the Monday following the British GP.

49 – Marc Marquez's Brno victory marked the 49th occasion he has stood on the podium in Grand Prix racing. A top three finish at Silverstone, at the age of 20 years and 196 days, would give him the record as the youngest rider to reach a half century of Grand Prix podiums, taking the record from Dani Pedrosa who was 21 years and 162 days old when he stood on a GP podium for the 50th time.

37 years ago - The last British rider to win in the premier class at his home Grand Prix was Tom Herron at the final World Championship Isle of Man TT in 1976.

31 – The victory by Marc Marquez at Brno was the 31st time that he has stood on the top step of the podium in Grand Prix racing – the same number of GP victories that Kork Ballington and Eddie Lawson achieved throughout their careers. Another victory for Marquez would place him 18th in the all-time Grand Prix winners list, with just one less victory than Geoff Duke.

26 - Dominique Aegerter’s 13th place finish in the Moto2 Czech GP was the 26th successive race at which he has finished in a point-scoring position. The last race at which he failed to score points was when he finished 18th at the opening race of last year in Qatar. On top of that, the 18th place finish of Qatar 2012 is the only time in the last 36 Moto2 races that Aegerter has failed to score points.

24 – Belgian Moto2 rider Xavier Simeon will turn 24 on the day of qualifying at Silverstone.

18 – At the Czech GP, Mika Kallio became the 18th different rider, representing ten different nations, to win in the Moto2 class since its introduction at the start of 2010.

10 – Maverick Viñales of Moto3 has been on the podium at the opening ten races. This is something only one other rider has achieved in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing: Fausto Gresini, who won the opening ten of the eleven 125 GP races in the 1987 season. Gresini did not finish the 11th race of 1987, meaning Viñales would set a new record if he finished in the top three at Silverstone

1 – Only one British rider has celebrated a solo Grand Prix win which came at Silverstone - Ian McConnachie, in the 80 class in 1986.

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