MotoGP racing facts and figures for Le Mans
27 – Hiroshi Aoyama’s victory at Jerez was the first win by Honda in the 250cc class since Andrea Dovizioso won at Donington in 2007 – a run of 27 races without a win which is the longest barren sequence for Honda in the 250cc class since they re-entered the class in 1985.
21 – Niccolo Canepa celebrates his 21st birthday the day before practice starts for the French GP.
21 – Yamaha have had at least one rider finish on the podium at the last twenty-one MotoGP races starting at the first race of last year in Qatar. This is the longest sequence of successive podium finishes for Yamaha since they had at least one rider finish on the podium at 40 successive races through the 1989/90/91 seasons.
14 – With his victory at the Spanish GP, Valentino Rossi becomes the first rider of alltime to achieve at least one GP victory for 14 successive seasons.
14 – There have been 14 MotoGP races since the last win by a Honda rider -Dani Pedrosa at the Catalan GP last year. This is the longest sequence of races in the premierclass without any Honda wins since they re-entered Grand Prix racing in 1982.
13.524 seconds – Bradley Smith’s margin of victory in Spain was the largest winning margin in the 125cc class since the Portuguese GP in 2006 which Alvaro Bautista won by over 15 seconds.
8 – There have been a total of eight different circuits used to host the French GP; Albi, Clermont-Ferrand, Le Mans, Magny-Cours, Nogaro, Paul Ricard, Reims and Rouen.
8 – There have been eight different winners in the nine Grand Prix races held so far this year. Only Andrea Iannone has more than one win to his name in 2009.
4– Le Mans is one of just four circuits on this year’s calendar where Ducati have not had a MotoGP win. The others are Indianapolis, Estoril and Mugello.