Racing numbers ahead of Termas de Rio Hondo

Thursday, 24 April 2014

A selection of key facts and figures ahead of the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina.

200 – In Argentina Mika Kallio is scheduled to become the first rider from Finland to reach the milestone of 200 GP starts. Kallio made his Grand Prix debut in the 125 class in 2001, as a wildcard rider at the Sachsenring in Germany. He became a full-time rider in 2002 and during his career he has competed in the 125, 250, Moto2™ and MotoGP™ classes

160 – Argentinian rider Sebastian Porto, who is scheduled to make a wildcard appearance in Moto2™, made 160 GP starts in the 250 class between 1995 and 2006; this is more 250 class starts than any other rider in the 61 years that the class was included on the Grand Prix schedule. Porto last started a Grand Prix in the 250 class at Mugello in 2006

49 years – On the first day of practice in Argentina, it will be exactly 49 years since Giacomo Agostini clinched his first Grand prix win, in the 350 class at the Nurburgring in Germany in 1965. On the same day, Agostini also made his debut in the 500 class and finished second to team-mate Mike Hailwood

34 – At the Grand Prix in Austin, Marc Marquez scored his 34th Grand Prix win; the same number of Grand Prix wins that Italy’s Luca Cadalora achieved during his career

27 years – On the day of qualifying in Argentina, it will be 27 years to the day since Jorge Martinez won the 80cc race at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez in 1987 from 17-year-old Alex Criville, who was making his Grand Prix debut

26 – The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit will be the 26th different venue to host a MotoGP race since the category was introduced in 2002; it will also be the 18th different country to host a MotoGP race during this same period

23rd – On the 23rd of April, which is the Wednesday before the Grand Prix of Argentina, Alex Marquez celebrates his 18th birthday; on the same day, Alessandro Tonucci will turn 21

17 – Belgian Moto3™ rider Livio Loi will celebrate his 17th birthday on race day in Argentina

15 – It has been 15 years since a Grand Prix event was last held in Argentina, in 1999

11 – This will be the 11th motorcycle Grand Prix event to be held in Argentina, but the first outside of capital city Buenos Aires

8 – Marc Marquez took his eighth MotoGP win in Austin, which is the same number of MotoGP victories that Sete Gibernau achieved. There are now only four riders with a greater number of MotoGP wins than Marc Marquez: Valentino Rossi (67 MotoGP class wins), Casey Stoner (38), Jorge Lorenzo (31) and Dani Pedrosa (25)

3 – Three riders from Argentina have won Grands Prix; Sebastian Porto (seven wins in the 250 class) plus Benedicto Caldarella and Jorge Kissling, who both had single victories in the 500s

2 – Just two current World Championship riders have raced in previous Argentinean Grands Prix: Valentino Rossi and Anthony West. Italy’s Rossi won the 250 race in 1998 and was third in 1999, whereas Australia’s West finished eighth in the 250 race of 1999

2 – At the Grand Prix of the Americas, Jack Miller became the first Australian rider to achieve back-to-back Grand Prix wins in the lightweight (125/Moto3) class of Grand Prix racing

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