Motorcycle Grand Prix racing returns to Austria after a break of eighteen years. Below are some facts and figures related to grand prix racing.
100 – Andrea Dovizioso’s third place in Germany was the 100th podium finish for Ducati in the premier-class of grand prix racing. Ninety nine of these
have come in the MotoGP era to add to a single Ducati podium in the 500cc class – 3rd by Bruno Spaggiari at Imola in 1972. The ninety-nine podiums in the
MotoGP class for Ducati are shared among fourteen riders: Casey Stoner – 42, Loris Capirossi – 23, Andrea Dovizioso – 9, Troy Bayliss & Andrea Iannone – 5,
Valentino Rossi & Nicky Hayden – 3, Toni Elias & Carlos Checa – 2, Danilo Petrucci, Ruben Xaus, Cal Crutchlow, Alex Barros, & Scott Redding – 1.
62 – The pole position by Marc Marquez in Germany was the 62nd of his grand prix career across all classes. This is one less pole positions than both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi the two riders who have most poles in the modern-era of grand prix racing (since 1974) when full pole position data is available.
47 – The win by Marc Marquez in Germany was the 47th time he has stood on the podium in the MotoGP class. He now needs just one more top three finish to match the number of premier-class podiums achieved by MotoGP Legend Mike Hailwood.
37 – Johann Zarco’s win at the German Grand Prix was the 37th time he has stood on the podium in grand prix racing (26 x Moto2 + 11 x 125cc). This is the same number of grand prix podium finishes as Christian Sarron; no other French rider has stood on the podium more often than these two riders.
27 – The Red Bull Ring is the 27th circuit to hold a MotoGP race since it replaced the 500cc class as the premier-class of motorcycle grand prix racing in 2002. Austria is the 19th different country to host a MotoGP race.
14 – The rider starting on pole has not won in the Moto3 class for the last fourteen races. The last time a rider starting a Moto3 race from pole won the race was Enea Bastianini at Misano last year.
12 – Joann Zarco’s win in Germany was the 12th time he has stood on the top step of the podium in the Moto2 class. Only two riders have taken more Moto2 wins than Zarco: Marc Marquez (16 Moto2 wins) and Tito Rabat (13 Moto2 wins).
9 years – No Yamaha rider has appeared on the MotoGP podium at the last two races. This is the first time that Yamaha have failed to get a podium finish in back-to-back races for almost nine years, since the final two races of 2007 in Malaysia and Valencia.
2 – Honda riders have taken the top two places in the last two MotoGP races. The last time that Honda riders finished one-two in back-to-back races was at the Grand Prix of the Americas and Argentina in 2014.
1 – With Alex Rins and Sam Lowes both failing to finish in Germany after crashing, the only rider in the Moto2 class who has scored points at every race in the first half of the season is Takaaki Nakagami, who also crashed in Germany but re-started to finish 11th.
0.059 seconds – The Moto2 race winner in Germany, Johann Zarco, crossed the line just 0.059 seconds ahead of second place finisher Jonas Folger – the closest finish in a full-length Moto2 race since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2010 when Roberto Rolfo crossed the line just 0.04 seconds ahead of Alex de Angelis.