COTA – a new circuit for Grand Prix racing
|Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:42|
The visit to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the first time poses a new challenge for the MotoGP™ riders and teams. COTA becomes the fourth circuit in the USA to have hosted a Grand Prix and below is a summary of MotoGP racing within the USA:
The first two Grands Prix held in the USA in 1964 and 1965 took place at the famous Daytona circuit and were held on the same weekend as the Daytona 200. After a 22-year break, the Grand Prix circus returned to the USA in 1988 at Laguna Seca and ran through to 1994 with the exception of 1992. After an absence of ten years, MotoGP returned to Laguna Seca in 2005, featuring just the premier MotoGP class. Indianapolis was first used for Grand Prix racing in 2008, and since then there have been two MotoGP events each year in the USA. With Grand Prix events also being hosted at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis in 2013, the USA will become just the second country, after Spain, to host three or more MotoGP events in the same year. In total there have been 21 previous Grand Prix events hosted in the USA; Daytona – 2, Laguna Seca – 14 and Indianapolis – 5
Valentino Rossi set to go second in all-time start list
A t the Grand Prix of the Americas, Valentino Rossi is scheduled to become the rider who has the second-highest number of starts in the premier-class, after Alex Barros. Rossi made his premier-class debut in the opening 500cc race of the 2000 season at the Welkom circuit in South Africa, and this is his 14th year competing in the top category of Grand Prix racing.
The following table shows the ten riders who have made most premier-class Grand Prix starts. Among these ten riders are four from America, including current MotoGP competitors Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden.
RIDERS WITH MOST STARTS IN THE PREMIER-CLASS OF GP RACING
Rider Starts in the MotoGP/500cc class
1 Alex Barros 245
2 Loris Capirossi 217
Valentino Rossi 217
4 Carlos Checa 194
5 Colin Edwards 169
6 Nicky Hayden 168
7 Kenny Roberts Jr. 167
8 Sete Gibernau 160
9 Jack Findlay 157
10 Randy Mamola 1455
Jorge Lorenzo levels with Dani Pedrosa and Wayne Rainey
Jorge Lorenzo’s win at the opening race of the year in Qatar was the 45th time he has stood on the top step of the podium across all Grand Prix classes, taking him into equal seventh place in the following list with Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and 6-times world champion Jim Redman. The win in Qatar was also his 24th victory in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing, the same number as achieved by Wayne Rainey during his GP career. As shown in the table below only seven riders in the 65 year history of Grand Prix racing have had more victories in the premier-class.
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
7= Jorge Lorenzo 45 24 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), 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
Marc Marquez becomes fourth youngest ever podium finisher in the premier-class
At the Qatar Grand Prix, Marc Marquez became the youngest rider to finish on the podium in the premier-class since Norick Abe at the Brazilian GP in 1995. Marquez’s third place finish in Qatar makes him the fourth youngest rider of all-time to finish on the podium in the premier-class, as shown below:
YOUNGEST RIDERS TO SCORE A PREMIER-CLASS GRAND PRIX PODIUM
Rider Age at first premier-class podium Race
1 Randy Mamola 19 years 261 days Finland/Imatra/1979
2 Eduardo Salatino 19 years 274 days Argentina/Buenos Aires/1962
3 Norick Abe 20 years 10 days Brazil/Rio/1995
4 Marc Marquez 20 years 49 days Qatar/Losail/2013
5 Mike Hailwood 20 years 77 days GB/IOM TT/1960
6 Johnny Cecotto 20 years 91 days France/Le Mans/1976
7 Freddie Spencer 20 years 98 days Argentina/Buenos Aires/1982
8 Dani Pedrosa 20 years 178 days Spain/Jerez/2006
9 Casey Stoner 20 years 196 days Turkey/Istanbul/2006
10 Gary Hocking 20 years 293 days Germany/Nurburgring/1958
Grand Prix racing numbers
99 - Jorge Lorenzo’s win at the Qatar GP was the 99th time he has stood on the podium in Grand Prix racing. His next top three finish will make him just the 8th rider to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes in Grand Prix racing. The other riders to have achieved this are: Valentino Rossi (178 podium finishes), Giacomo Agostini (159), Angel Nieto (139), Phil Read (121), Mike Hailwood (112), Dani Pedrosa (112) and Max Biaggi (111).
39 years - On race day in Austin it will be exactly 39 years ago to the day that Barry Sheene finished on the podium for the first time in the 500cc class, taking second place in the debut outing for the new square-four RG500 Suzuki at the 1974 French GP, which took place at Clermont-Ferrand.
29 – The last 29 MotoGP victories have been shared between three riders: Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. 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.
21years – On the first day of practice in Austin it will be exactly 21 years ago to the day that Alex Criville finished third in the 1992 Malaysian 500cc Grand Prix: the first podium finish in the premier-class by Spanish rider. Since then Spanish riders have taken another 252 podium finishes in the premier-class.
17years – On race day in Austin it will be exactly 17 years ago to the day that Norick Abe won the 500cc Japanese GP at Suzuka in 1996, to become the second-youngest rider of all-time to win a premier-class Grand Prix, after Freddie Spencer; a record that still stands.
14 – With his second place finish at the Qatar Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi has now had at least one podium finish for 14 successive seasons in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing. This is something no other rider has achieved; previously Rossi had shared the record with Giacomo Agostini who had at least one podium finish for 13 successive seasons.
5 – The last five MotoGP races in the USA have been won by Honda riders. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo at Laguna Seca in 2010 on a Yamaha.
5 – Pol Espargaro has qualified on pole at the last five races, which equals the longest sequence of successive poles in the Moto2 class achieved by Stefan Bradl in 2011. If he qualifies on pole in Austin it will be the longest sequence of successive poles in the intermediate class of Grand Prix racing since Max Biaggi was on pole for seven successive 250cc races in 1995.
4 – Casey Stoner is the rider who has taken most Grand Prix victories in the USA: three MotoGP wins at Laguna Seca and one at Indianapolis. Two riders competing at the Grand Prix of Americas could equal this total of four wins in the USA; Dani Pedrosa who has two MotoGP victories at Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca, and Nico Terol who has won the 125cc GP race at Indianapolis on three occasions.
2 – At the Qatar Grand Prix Yamaha riders took the top two places in a MotoGP race for the first time since the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2010 which Jorge Lorenzo won and Valentino Rossi finished second.
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