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Longest winning career in Grand Prix racing for Rossi

Longest winning career in Grand Prix racing for Rossi

Valentino Rossi’s win at Misano came more than 18 years after his first ever Grand Prix victory in the 125 class at Brno in 1996.

This makes Rossi the rider with the longest winning career of all-time in all classes of Grand Prix racing, taking this record from Loris Capirossi as shown in the list below.

Rossi’s Misano triumph occurred precisely 18 years and 27 days after his first win in 1996 in the lightweight category. This beats the previous record held by Capirossi who won the MotoGP™ race in Japan in 2007, 17 years and 49 days after he won the 125cc race at the 1990 British Grand Prix.

Rider - First GP win - Last GP win - Length of winning GP career

1. Valentino Rossi - 125cc/Czech/1996 - MotoGP/San Marino/2014 - 18 years 27 days

2. Loris Capirossi - 125cc/GB/1990 - MotoGP/Japan/2007 - 17 years 49 days

3. Angel Nieto - 50cc/E. Germany/1969 - 80cc/France/1985 - 16 years 8 days

4. Phil Read - 350cc/GB/1961 - 500cc/Czech/1975 - 14 years 71 days

5. Loris Reggiani - 125cc/GB/1980 - 250cc/Czech/1993 - 13 years 12 days

6. Dani Pedrosa - 125cc/Dutch TT/2002 - MotoGP/Czech/2014 - 12 years 49 days

7. Max Biaggi - 250cc/South Africa/1992 - MotoGP/Germany/2004 - 11 years 315 days

8. Toni Mang - 125cc/W. Germany/1976 - 250cc/Japan/1988 - 11 years 211 days

9. Alex Barros - 500cc/FIM/1993 - MotoGP/Portugal/2005 - 11 years 204 days

10. Luigi Taveri - 125cc/Spain/1955 - 125cc/Italy/1966 - 11 years 133 days

The victory at Misano for Rossi also extended his record for longest winning career in the premier class of Grand Prix racing. Rossi already held that record after winning at Assen last year, but he has now extended his premier class ‘winning period’ to 14 years and 67 days since his British Grand Prix victory in 2000.

Meanwhile, Rossi’s win at Misano also made him the tenth oldest rider of all-time to win a premier class Grand Prix, as shown in the following table:

Rider - Age at last premier class win - Race

1. Fergus Anderson - 44 years 237 days - 500cc/Spain/1953/Montjuich

2. Jack Findlay - 42 years 85 days - 500cc/Austria/1977/Salzburgring

3. Les Graham - 41 years 21 days - 500cc/Spain/1952/Montjuich

4. Jack Ahearn - 39 years 327 days - 500cc/Finland/1964/Imatra

5. Harold Daniell - 39 years 240 days - 500cc/Britain/1949/Isle of Man TT

6. Frantisek Stastny - 38 years 247 days - 500cc/East Germany/1966/Sachsenring

7. Nello Pagani - 37 years 328 days - 500cc/Nations/1949/Monza

8. Troy Bayliss - 37 years 213 days - MotoGP/Valencia/2006/Ricardo Tormo

9. Phil Read - 36 years 235 days - 500cc/Czech/1975/Brno

10. Valentino Rossi - 35 years 210 days - MotoGP/San Marino/2014/Misano

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MotoGP, 2014, Valentino Rossi

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