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Valencia racing numbers

Valencia racing numbers

All the statistics and facts ahead of this weekend’s Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, the 18th and final round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship.

1000 – Jorge Lorenzo’s victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix was the 1000th podium finish by Spanish riders across all solo classes of Grand Prix racing since the World Championship series started in 1949.

142 – Alex Baldolini had competed in 142 Grand Prix races before the Portuguese Grand Prix, when he finished on the podium for the first time. Never before in the history of Grand Prix racing has a rider finished on the podium after making so many starts without a top three finish.

100 – At the Valencia GP, Tomoyoshi Koyama is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start. Koyama finished 16th in his debut as a wild-card rider in the 125cc race at Motegi in 2000 riding a Yamaha. He made a four more wild-card appearances over the next few years, two in the 250cc class and two in the 125cc class. Since becoming a full-time GP rider in 2005 he has competed on Honda, Malaguti, KTM, Loncin and Aprilia machinery. His single GP win came in Catalunya in 2007 when riding a KTM.

100 – Raffaele de Rosa is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start at the Valencia GP. De Rosa made his GP debut as a replacement rider in the 125cc class at the British Grand Prix in 2004, before becoming a full-time GP rider in the 125cc class in 2005. After making a total of 67 GP starts in the 125cc class, he moved up to the 250cc category for 2009 and then onto the Moto2 class this year.

50 – Scott Redding is due to make his 50th Grand Prix start at the Valencia GP. Redding will become the youngest ever rider to reach the milestone of 50 Grand Prix starts, taking the record from new MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

35 – Thirty five GP victories for Spain so far this year is the highest number of wins that Spanish riders have taken in a single season of racing. By winning all three races in Valencia, Spanish riders could set a new record for most wins by a single nation in one season. The record is currently held by Great Britain with 37 victories achieved, in the 1967 season.

26 – Spanish riders have won the last twenty-six 125cc Grand Prix races. The last non-Spanish winner in the 125cc class was Andrea Iannone at the Catalan Grand Prix last year. This is the longest sequence of successive 125cc GP wins by one nation in the 62 years history of Grand Prix racing.

19 – Norwegian 125cc rider, Sturla Fagerhaug will celebrate his 19th birthday on qualifying day at the Valencia GP.

19 – Bradley Smith’s third place finish at the Portuguese GP was the 19th time he has been on the podium in the 125cc class. Only two British riders have had more GP podium finishes in the 125cc class: Bill Ivy with 22 and Phil Read with 21.

13 – The victory by Marc Márquez at the Portuguese GP was the thirteenth victory of the year in the 125cc class by Derbi riders. A victory for a Derbi rider in Valencia will equal the record for most wins by a manufacturer in the 125cc class in a single season, which Aprilia achieved in both 2007 and 2009.

1 – Reaching the end of the fourth year of the 800cc capacity limit in MotoGP, Colin Edwards is the only rider to have competed in all 70 races since the regulation was introduced at the start of the 2007 season.


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