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French Grand Prix racing numbers

A selection of key statistics ahead of the fifth round of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship, the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

83 – After the first four races of the year, Tito Rabat has scored 83 points; this is the highest score achieved in the Moto2™ class after the first four races of the year since the category was introduced in 2010.

59 – The victory by Marc Marquez at the Spanish GP signalled the 59th time he had stood on a Grand Prix podium. A top three finish in France will make him the 25th rider in the 65-year history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing to reach the milestone of 60 podium finishes.

50 – Romano Fenati’s victory in the Spanish Moto3™ race was the 50th Grand Prix win for KTM. Casey Stoner gave KTM their first Grand Prix win, in the 125 class in Malaysia in 2004. The breakdown of the 50 GP wins by KTM is: Moto3 – 28 wins, 125cc – 13 wins, 250cc – 9 wins. The rider who has given KTM the most GP victories is Mika Kallio, who won for the marque seven times in the 125 class and five times in the 250 class.

45 years – On race day at Le Mans, it will be exactly 45 years to the day - at the 1969 French Grand Prix at Le Mans - that Jean Aureal, riding a Yamaha, became the first French rider to win a 125cc race.

20 years and 264 days – At the Spanish Grand Prix, Jonas Folger became the youngest German rider to finish on the podium in the Moto2/250 class since Horst Kassner finished third in the 250 Belgian Grand Prix of 1956, at the age of 19.

16 years – On the day of qualifying at Le Mans, it will be exactly 16 years since the 1998 Italian GP at Mugello, when Marcellino Lucchi took his first win in the 250 class, at the age of 41 and some 16 years after making his Grand Prix debut.

6 – On race day at Le Mans, it will be exactly six years to the day since Mike di Meglio won the 125 race at the 2008 French GP to become the first home rider to win at Le Mans in the 125 class since Guy Bertin in 1979.

4 – Dani Pedrosa has started the season with podium finishes at the opening four MotoGP races of the year for the first time since 2008. Another top three finish for Pedrosa at Le Mans will mean has been on the podium at the first five MotoGP races of the year for the first time.

2 – Romano Fenati has won the last two Moto3 races. This is the first time that an Italian rider has taken back-to-back wins in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing since Andrea Iannone won the opening two 125 races of the 2009 season, in Qatar and Japan. If Fenati wins at Le Mans, he will become the first Italian rider to win three successive lightweight class Grands Prix since Marco Melandri in 1999.

2nd – Dominique Aegerter’s second place finish in the Moto2 race at Jerez was his best ever Grand Prix result from 124 career starts to date. His three previous podium finishes have all seen him standing on the third step of the podium.

0 – The Moto2 podium of Jerez did not include any riders from Spain. The last GP podium - across all three classes - that did not include a Spaniard was the Moto2 race at Silverstone last year, which was won by Great Britain’s Scott Redding from Takaaki Nakagami of Japan and Tom Luthi from Switzerland.

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