More Podiums than Giacomo Agostini
With his MotoGP victory at Brno, Valentino Rossi becomes the rider with most Grand Prix podium finishes in the 61 years of the motorcycling world championships. His Czech Grand Prix win was the 160th occasion that he has stood on the podium across all classes, one more than the previous holder of the record Giacomo Agostini, whose last podium finish was in the 500cc race at the Czech GP in 1977, held on the old road circuit.
2013 – Dani Pedrosa’s ninth place finish at Donington took his career points total to 2013 making him the Spanish rider who has taken most points in his GP career, just a single point more than Alex Criville.
159 – Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini are the two riders with most podium finishes across all classes of Grand Prix racing each having stood on the podium on 159 occasions.
British Grand Prix – Sunday 26 July
• This is Valentino Rossi’s fourth pole at Donington on a MotoGP machine. His three previous MotoGP poles at Donington have all ended in victory.
• If Valentino Rossi finishes in the top three he will set a new outright record of 160 podium finishes in Grand Prix racing. Giacomo Agostini’s existing record of 159 podium finishes has stood since 1977.
• If Dani Pedrosa finishes ninth or higher he will have scored more points during his Grand Prix career than any other Spanish rider in history.
Valentino Rossi’s victory at the Catalan GP was the 99th time he has stood on the top step of the podium in Grand Prix racing. As shown in the following list, one more victory and he will become only the second rider in the 61 years history of the motorcycling world championship to have reached the milestone of 100 Grand Prix victories:
Riders with most Grand Prix victories (all solo classes)
Rider Total Combined Wins (MotoGP/500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 80cc/50cc)
1. Giacomo Agostini 122
2. Valentino Rossi 99
3. Angel Nieto 90
Dainese renew TT involvement as Official Safety Partner for 2009.
Dainese has today announced that the company has been appointed the ‘Official Safety Partner’ to the Isle of Man TT Races for 2009. As part of the significant deal, the first of the TT’s Superbike races will be known as The Isle of Man Dainese Superbike Race.
Cascina Costa Beauties
It was Count Domenico Agusta’s obsessive policy to keep the secrets of his racing machines well hidden; many bikes suffered the ignominy of destruction, while others were interred beneath his airstrip’s runway.
The year 1975 was a difficult one for Meccanica Verghera (MV) Agusta, the aristocratic Italian motorcycle makers. In its 30-year existence, an astounding 37 world racing championships had been won by legends such as Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini. That year, MV Racing had no titles to show.
Meccanica Verghera Agusta
Refinement becomes a legend. Anyone who has experienced Michelangelo’s Pieta immediately recognizes the will of extraordinary talent to refine its potential and achieve the ultimate result. In the presence of legends, one needs do little except marvel, and learn with delight and humility. When the legends are motorcycling’s greatest racers and their warhorses, one understands how they transcend time.
Two of the very finest, highly pedigreed superbikes bred carefully by two very different Italian manufacturers take the term “exotica” to another level. These two machines are very much alike—though clearly very different. Varied interpretations on a theme, these storied Italian factories steeped in racing heritage arrive at almost exactly the same point, yet via very different routes. The lucky rider who gets to experience both machines will be absolutely spoiled for choice.