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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Did you know that Valentino Rossi’s return to winning ways has left him with a career total of 4,646 points? That is just one of the curious pieces of MotoGP™ trivia as a thrilling championship chase heads to the Sachsenring…

4,646 – Following Valentino Rossi’s win at the Dutch TT, his total number of points during his Grand Prix career show a certain symmetry with his racing number.

44 years – On the day of qualifying at the German GP it will be exactly 44 years since Dave Simmonds won the 125 GP at the old Sachsenring circuit in 1969, becoming the first rider to win a world title on a Kawasaki-manufactured motorcycle.

24 – Prior to the Dutch TT, the previous 24 successive MotoGP races had at least one of either Jorge Lorenzo or Dani Pedrosa on the podium. The last occasion when neither of these two riders were on the podium was the final race of 2011 in Valencia, when Casey Stoner narrowly won from Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso was third.

23 – The current strength in depth of both rider and machinery in the MotoGP class is illustrated by the fact that none of the 23 riders that finished the MotoGP race in Assen were lapped by the race leader at the end of the 26-lap Dutch TT. The last time that as many as 23 riders finished on the same lap as the winner in a full-length race in the premier-class was the 1980 German 500 GP, which was run over just six laps of the original 22.8 km Nurburgring circuit.

23 – Dominique Aegerter’s third place finish at the Dutch TT was his 23rd successive points-scoring finish in the Moto2 class.

21 years – On the first day of practice at the German GP it will be exactly 21 years since Eddie Lawson won the 1992 Hungarian 500 GP to give Cagiva their first Grand Prix win.

19 – Two riders in the Moto3 class celebrate their 19th birthdays in the week of the German GP; Niklas Ajo is on the Wednesday before the race and John McPhee is on race day.

11 years – Cal Crutchlow’s pole position at the Dutch TT was the first pole for a British rider in the premier class of Grand Prix racing since Jeremy McWilliams was top qualifier for the Australian GP at Phillip Island in 2002, riding a two-stroke Proton KR.

7th – Aleix Espargaro’s seventh place on the grid at the Dutch TT is the best ever qualifying result by a CRT rider.

7 – Both Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales have finished on the podium at the first seven Moto3 races of the year. This is the first time since Kazuto Sakata in 1993 that any rider has opened the season with seven successive podium finishes in the lightweight class of GP racing.

5th – Jorge Lorenzo’s fifth place finish with a broken collarbone at the Dutch TT is only the third time since his rookie season of 2008 that he has finished a race outside the top four; the other two occasions were when he finished sixth at Assen in 2011 - after being knocked off on the first lap - and when he was seventh earlier this year at the wet race in France.

3 – Cal Crutchlow’s third place finish at the Dutch TT makes him the first British rider to have three podium finishes in a single season of the premier class since Ron Haslam in 1985.

0.416 seconds – Fifth place finisher in the Moto3 race at the Dutch TT, Alex Marquez, crossed the line just 0.416 seconds behind the winner Luis Salom, making the race the closest top five finish in a full-length race in the lightweight class since the Italian GP in 2008.

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