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Rossi makes history: 300 premier class starts

Nine-time World Champion will become the first rider to hit the milestone

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has broken many a record during his career, and at Silverstone it will be time to make history once again: the ‘Doctor’ will be lining up for his record 300th premier class start. No other rider in history has reached that number – and the rider from Tavullia shows no sign of slowing down.

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2000 British Grand Prix: 500cc Full Race

The first time the ‘Doctor’ won in the premier class also happened on British soil, at the British GP in 2000. Then, the stage was Donington Park – and Rossi most certainly played the lead as he moved through the pack to take his first victory. The British GP is at Silverstone this year – but then Rossi is a winner there, too.

His Silverstone win came in 2015, when the nine-time World Champion's speed at the venue in the wet was invincible – and he’s been becoming a bigger threat every year in the dry. After some tougher races in 2017 of late, the mission will be the same as always: points for the Championship as he remains very much in contention. But it will also be to convert the awesome winning record of Yamaha at Silverstone into more silverware – come rain or shine.

Valentino Rossi: “We go to Silverstone after a day of testing in Misano and I want to go back on track immediately to find out if we have been able to find positive solutions to improve our bike. Silverstone is a very fun and beautiful track but also very demanding. This track is very long and there are so many changes of direction at high speed. It‘s important to find a perfect set-up of the bike, in braking and in the fast corners. It‘s a really nice track for me and for my riding style. I want to do a good weekend and fight for the podium!"

Rossi makes history with 300 premier class starts