Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar
|Tuesday, 02 April 2013 17:41|
New riders increase grid size in MotoGP
This year’s entry list for MotoGP not only has strength in depth, but with 24 full-time riders on the cards, the grid is as large as at any time during the four-stroke MotoGP era. The changes in the full time entry list for this year are as follows:
Out from last year have gone – Casey Stoner, James Ellison, Michele Pirro, Ivan Silva and Mattia Pasini.
Into the MotoGP class come the following riders – Hiroshi Aoyama, Andrea Iannone, Bradley Smith, Lukas Pesek, Bryan Staring, Michael Laverty, Claudio Corti and Marc Marquez.
The following table shows the Grand Prix wins and world championships achieved by the riders on the 2013 entry list.
WORLD TITLES GRAND PRIX WINS
Total MotoGP/500cc Moto2/250cc Moto3™/125cc Total MotoGP/500cc Moto2/250cc Moto3/125cc
Valentino Rossi 9 7 1 1 105 79 14 12
Jorge Lorenzo 4 2 2 44 23 17 4
Dani Pedrosa 3 2 1 45 22 15 8
Marc Marquez 2 1 1 26 16 10
Nicky Hayden 1 1 3 3
Hiroshi Aoyama 1 1 9 9
Stefan Bradl 1 1 7 5 2
Alvaro Bautista 1 1 16 8 8
Andrea Dovizioso 1 1 10 1 4 5
Andrea Iannone 0 12 8 4
Hector Barbera 0 10 4 6
Randy de Puniet 0 5 5
Bradley Smith 0 3 3
Lukas Pesek 0 2 2
Ben Spies 0 1 1
Karel Abraham 0 1 1
Total 23 10 8 5 299 129 106 64
The strength of the MotoGP grid can be illustrated by the following facts about the riders lining up:
There are nine riders who have won a Grand Prix world championship.
These nine riders have collected a total of 23 titles between them.
16 riders on the MotoGP entry list have had race victories in at least one of the three classes of Grand Prix racing
The combined total of Grand Prix victories for the permanent entry of riders is 299.
For the second successive year, the oldest rider in MotoGP will be Colin Edwards, who celebrated his 39th birthday in February. The youngest rider is Moto2 World Champion Marc Marquez, who had his 20th birthday in February
Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa battle for most Grand Prix wins
By winning the final race of 2012, Dani Pedrosa moved level with Jim Redman and Casey Stoner in the following table of all-time Grand Prix winners with forty five victories. This is one more GP win than close rival Jorge Lorenzo. However in the list of riders with most wins in the premier-class, Jorge Lorenzo has the advantage with 23 victories, one more than Pedrosa.
RIDERS WITH MOST GRAND PRIX VICTORIES (ALL SOLO CLASSES)
Rider Total wins MotoGP/500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 80/50cc
1 Giacomo Agostini 122 68 54
2 Valentino Rossi 105 79 14 12
3 Angel Nieto 90 62 28
4 Mike Hailwood 76 37 16 21 2
5 Mick Doohan 54 54
6 Phil Read 52 11 4 27 10
7= Jim Redman 45 2 21 18 4
7= Casey Stoner 45 38 5 2
7= Dani Pedrosa 45 22 15 8
10 Jorge Lorenzo 44 23 17 4
RIDERS WITH MOST WINS IN MotoGP/500CC CLASS
79 -Valentino Rossi (7 premier-class titles)
68 -Giacomo Agostini (8 premier-class titles)
54 -Mick Doohan (5 premier-class titles)
38 -Casey Stoner (2 premier-class titles)
37 -Mike Hailwood (4 premier-class titles)
31 -Eddie Lawson (4 premier-class titles)
25 -Kevin Schwantz (1 premier-class title)
24 -Wayne Rainey (3 premier-class titles)
23 -Jorge Lorenzo (2 premier-class titles)
22 -Geoff Duke (4 premier-class titles), Kenny Roberts (3 premier-class
titles), John Surtees (4 premier-class titles), Dani Pedrosa
Grand Prix racing numbers
112 – Dani Pedrosa has finished on the podium 112 times across all Grand Prix classes. This is the same number of podium finishes as Mike Hailwood achieved during his Grand Prix career. Only four riders have finished on the podium more often in Grand Prix racing: Valentino Rossi (177 podium finishes), Giacomo Agostini (159), Angel Nieto (139) and Phil Read (121).
98 – Jorge Lorenzo has stood on the podium 98 times in Grand Prix racing, the same number of podium finishes as six-time world champion Jim Redman had during his GP career. One more podium finish for Lorenzo will take him equal with Loris Capirossi in the all-time list of GP podium finishers.
45 – Dani Pedrosa’s victory in the final race of last year was his 45th GP win across all classes, all of which have been on Honda machinery. This is the same number of GP wins riding for Honda as Jim Redman. Only Mick Doohan, with 54 wins, has had more GP victories on Honda machinery.
28 – The last 28 MotoGP victories have been shared between three riders: Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. The last MotoGP win by a rider other than these three was at the Dutch TT in 2011 when Ben Spies took his only GP victory so far.
11 – On race day in Qatar it will be exactly 11 years ago that the first ever MotoGP race took place under the new rules with 990cc 4-stroke bikes competing against the 500c 2-stroke machines at the 2002 Japanese GP at Suzuka. The race was won by Valentino Rossi on a Honda from Akira Ryo on a Suzuki and Carlos Checa on a Yamaha.
10 – This will be the tenth occasion that a Grand Prix event has been held at the Losail circuit and the sixth under floodlights. Yamaha have been the most successful manufacturer in MotoGP at this circuit with four wins, Ducati have had three victories and Honda two.
5 – Only five different riders have finished on the podium in Qatar in the MotoGP class over the last six years; Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner each five times; four times for Dani Pedrosa, three for Valentino Rossi; and a single podium for Andrea Dovizioso.
5 – The last five MotoGP races of 2012 were won by Honda riders. This is the longest sequence of successive MotoGP victories by Honda since 2003 when Honda riders took ten successive MotoGP wins.
2 – Lukas Pesek joins Karel Abraham in the MotoGP class for 2013, making it two Czech riders lining up together in the premier-class for the first time since the German Grand Prix of 1986 at the Nurburgring, when Paval Dekanek and Bohumil Stasa both started the 500cc race.
Article source: Dorna