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Racing Numbers: Gran Premio d’Italia TIM

Racing Numbers: Gran Premio d’Italia TIM

Valentino Rossi won at Mugello on seven successive occasions between 2002 and 2008. The Italian would love to collect another MotoGP™ victory at home this weekend, but that would not be the only juicy piece of trivia…

83 - Dani Pedrosa has taken 83 points from the first four races of 2013. This is his best ever start to a championship campaign since moving up to the MotoGP class in 2006. His previous best point’s haul from the first four races was 81 in 2008.

60% - Dani Pedrosa has won nine of the last 15 MotoGP races, representing a win rate of 60%. The winners of the other six races during this period were: Jorge Lorenzo – 3, Casey Stoner – 2, Marc Marquez – 1.

26 - Moto3 rider Alexis Masbou celebrates his 26th birthday on race day at the Italian Grand Prix and MotoGP rider Bryan Staring has his 26th birthday on the day of qualifying.

23 years - Xavier Simeon’s third place finish in the Moto2 race at Le Mans was the first podium by a Belgium rider in Grand prix racing since Didier de Radigues finished second in the 250 race at the Belgium Grand Prix in 1990, at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

15 years - On the first day of practice at Mugello, it will be exactly 15 years to the day that Alex Criville won the 1998 French Grand Prix to become the first Spanish rider to lead the 500 World Championship.

9 - Nine different nationalities were represented by the top ten riders across the finish line in the Moto2 race at Le Mans. The only country with two riders in the top ten was home nation France.

7th - Jorge Lorenzo’s seventh place at the French Grand Prix was his lowest finishing position since he was eighth at the final race of his rookie season of 2008, in Valencia.

6 - Dani Pedrosa won the MotoGP race in Le Mans from sixth place on the grid. This was the lowest grid position from which a rider had won in the MotoGP class since Valentino Rossi took victory from the same grid spot in Malaysia in 2010.

5 years - Following his win at Le Mans, Dani Pedrosa heads the championship standings for the first time in five years. The last time he was at the top of the championship table was following the Dutch TT at Assen in 2008.

4 years - On the first day of practice at the Italian Grand Prix, it will be exactly four years to the day since Casey Stoner gave Ducati their first and so far only MotoGP win at the Mugello circuit, in 2009.


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