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The podium after the incredibly dramatic San Marino GP was once for the record books for a number of reasons.
The MotoGP™ race at Misano was the first ever in which the majority of riders called into the pits twice during the course of the race to change bikes. The resulting podium of Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding was one for the record books:
This was the first MotoGP™ podium where all three of the riders have graduated from the Moto2™ class.
This is also the first MotoGP™ podium including two riders from satellite teams since the British GP in 2009 at Donington when Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Honda won from Colin Edwards on a Tech3 Yamaha and Randy de Puniet riding an LCR Honda.
None of the three riders on the podium at Misano appeared on the podium at the previous race at Silverstone – the first time that six different riders have filled the podiums at successive MotoGP™ races since the final race of 2012 (Pedrosa, Nakasuga, Stoner) and the first race of 2013 (Lorenzo, Rossi, Marquez).
Scott Redding finished in third place in spite of crashing in the early stages of the race and restarting. The last rider to crash, restart and then finish on the podium was Casey Stoner at Laguna Seca in 2008, when he finished second after crashing at the final corner on the 24th lap when battling with Valentino Rossi for the lead.
The average age of the podium finishers at Misano was 23 years 128 days, which is the youngest MotoGP™ podium since the Qatar Grand Prix in 2008 when Casey Stoner won from Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, with the average age of the three riders being 21 years 329 days – the youngest premier-class podium of all-time.
It was the first time that two British riders have stood together on a grand prix podium since the Venezuelan Grand Prix in 1979 when Barry Sheene took the race win and in third place was Tom Herron from Northern Ireland. The last time that two English riders stood together on a premier-class grand prix podium was at Silverstone in 1978 when Steve Manship finished second and Barry Sheene was third in a race where most riders came in to change wheels and tyres when it started to rain (it was not within the rules in those days to change bikes); the exception was Manship who started the race on intermediate tyres and stayed out for the full race.
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