Donington stats: GP racing by numbers
23 July 2009 17:42
The number of premier-class Grand Prix races that have taken place since the last time a British rider finished on the podium in the class – Jeremy McWilliams at Donington in 2000.
At the British GP, Lukas Pesek is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start. He will be only the second Czech rider to reach this milestone – the other being Jaroslav Hules who made exactly 100 GP starts during his racing career.
Mike di Meglio is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start at the British GP. Di Meglio has been a full-time Grand Prix rider since making his debut as a 15-year old at the opening race of 2003 in Japan and will become the second youngest rider after Jorge Lorenzo to reach the milestone of 100 GP starts.
The period in years that Gabor Talmacsi finished 15th in Germany to become the first Hungarian to score points in the premier-class since Arpad Juhos finished 9th at the East German GP in 1972.
Qualifying day at the British GP will mark the 33rd anniversary of Barry Sheene winning the Swedish GP at Anderstorp in 1976 to clinch his first 500cc world title and the first 500cc title for Suzuki.
Julian Simon’s pole at the Sachsenring was the 16th pole this year for Spanish riders; however he became the first Spanish rider to win from pole in 2009.
Following Randy de Puniet’s crash in Germany, there are now five riders in the Moto GP class to have scored points at every race this year: Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Marco Melandri, Chris Vermeulen and Alex de Angelis.
The first five riders across the line in the 125cc race in Germany were all from Spain. This is the first time in any class of Grand Prix racing that Spanish riders have taken the top five places.
For the first time since 1988, Yamaha have had two riders finish together on the podium at five successive premier-class GP races.