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Assen racing numbers

Assen racing numbers

A selection of interesting facts and statistics to get you up to speed in preparation for the Iveco TT Assen this weekend.

100 – Karel Abraham is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start at the Dutch TT. Abraham made his Grand Prix debut in the 125cc class at the opening race of 2005 at Jerez. After two years in the 125cc class he moved up to the 250cc class and then to the Moto2 class for 2010 and won the final race of season at Valencia. This year he is the first Czech rider to compete in the premier-class since Pavol Dekanek in 1989. He will be the third youngest rider of all-time to reach the milestone of 100 GP starts, after Jorge Lorenzo and Sandro Cortese.

81 – This is the 81st time that a Dutch TT event has been held. The first running of the Dutch TT was in 1925 and it has taken place every year since with the exception of the years 1940 to 1945 because of the Second World War. The event became part of the world championship series in 1949 and has hosted the Dutch round of the Grand Prix world championship every year since, and is the only circuit to have been part of the series since then.

34 years –On race day at Assen it will be exactly 34 years ago that Wil Hartog won the 1977 Dutch TT to become the first Dutch rider to win a world championship 500cc race.

28 – Bradley Smith finished second in the Moto2 race at Silverstone after qualifying down in 28th place on the grid. This is the lowest grid position from which a rider has had a podium finish in any class since Kazuto Sakata was 3rd in the 125cc race at the Catalan Grand Prix in 1996 from 31st place on the grid.

27 – MotoGP’s no. 27, Casey Stoner took his 27th MotoGP victory at the British Grand Prix. His next pole will be his 27th pole position in MotoGP.

25 – Jorge Lorenzo’s crash at Silverstone terminated a sequence of 25 successive top four finishes that started at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2009.

24 – Moto2 rider Claudio Corti will celebrate his 24th birthday on race day at the Dutch TT.

23 – British Moto2 rider Kev Coghlan will celebrate his 23rd birthday on the first day of practice for the Dutch TT.

17 years 303 days – At the British Grand Prix, Jonas Folger became the youngest ever German rider to win a Grand Prix, at the age of 17 years and 303 days. Folger takes this record from current Moto2 championship leader Stefan Bradl, who was 18 years and 262 days old when he won his first Grand Prix at Brno in 2008.

14 – Nico Terol’s eighth place finish at Silverstone ended his record equaling sequence of fourteen successive podium finishes in the 125cc class.

9 – Valentino Rossi has gone nine MotoGP races without a win, which is his longest barren spell since moving up to the premier-class at the start of 2000.

5 – Yamaha are the most successful manufacturer at the Dutch TT since the start of the four-stroke MotoGP formula, with five victories. Honda have had three MotoGP wins at the Dutch TT, the last one being in 2006. Ducati’s single MotoGP win at Assen was three years ago.

4 – All four British riders who started the 125cc race at Silverstone scored world championship points. The last time that Britain had four or more riders finish in the top fifteen in a 125cc GP race, was when the British round of the world championship was held over the Isle of Man TT course in 1973.

3 – Honda riders have had just three podium finishes at Assen since the introduction of the 800cc capacity limit to MotoGP; Nicky Hayden was 3rd in 2007, Dani Pedrosa 2nd in both 2008 and 2010.

2 – With Stefan Bradl winning in Moto2 and Jonas Folger winning the 125cc race, Germany had two winners in the solo classes at a Grand Prix event for the first time since the German Grand Prix in 1991 when Ralf Waldmann won the 125cc race and Stefan’s father Helmut won the 250cc race.

2 – At Silverstone, Bradley Smith finished 2nd in the Moto2 race and Scott Redding was 5th. This is the first time that two British riders have finished in the top five in an intermediate-class Grand Prix since the German GP at the Sachsenring in 1998 when Jeremy McWilliams was 2nd and Jason Vincent finished 5th.


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