Kick off to the 2019 campaign is now imminent as 22 of the world’s fastest riders all aim to get their season off to a perfect start under the lights in Qatar this weekend. But let’s focus on some of the numbers that make this year one of, if not the most exciting World Championships ever.
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Knowing that half the grid has taken a World Championship at some point during their career is a mouthwatering prospect. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and fellow Repsol Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo have all claimed multiple premier class titles, as well as intermediate and lower-class crowns.
Then we have Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Francesco Bagnaia (Alma Pramac Racing), Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir – all of whom have at least one lower class title to their name. They represent the 11 who together claim 30 World Championships, and if you count Cal Crutchlow’s (LCR Honda Castrol) WorldSSP title, that’s 12 world beaters on the 2019 MotoGP™ grid…
In terms of wins, 19 of the 22 riders in MotoGP™ this year have claimed victory in either the premier class, Moto2™/250cc or Moto3™/125cc, with their combined total reaching an impressive 419 victories.
In addition, eight of those have stood on the top step of the podium in the premier class: Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Viñales, Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing).
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A healthy nine nationalities will lineup on the MotoGP™ grid in 2019. Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal and the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, at 19 years and 324 days, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) is the youngest rider on this year’s premier class grid. In contrast, Rossi is the oldest at 40 years and 22 days; 20 years and 63 days separating the two Yamaha riders. A staggering statistic.
So that was just a few numbers to whet your appetite for the much-anticipated 2019 MotoGP™ season. Make sure you don’t miss a beat of the Qatar GP this weekend as Grand Prix motorcycle racing fires into life under the lights of Losail.
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