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. The motorcycle road racing records books will never be the same, as Valentino Rossi is on target for even more greatness in the coming racing years.
Other facts about Rossi’s 160 podium finishes:
>> His first podium was third in the 125cc race at the Austrian GP in 1996 at the A1-Ring.
>> He has finished on the podium on six different motorcycles: 125cc Aprilia (15 podium finishes), 250cc Aprilia (21 podium finishes), 500cc 2-stroke Honda (23 podium finishes), 990cc 4-stroke Honda (31 podium finishes), 990cc 4-stroke Yamaha (37 podium finishes), 800cc 4-stroke Yamaha (33 podium finishes)
>> His 160 podium finishes have come from 221 GP starts which means he has finished on the podium in 72.4%
of his races. He has finished on the podium at 29 different circuits during his Grand Prix career.
>> The circuit at which he has had most podium finishes is Catalunya where he has finished in the top three every year since he won the 125cc race there in 1997, giving him a total of thirteen podium finishes at the circuit.
>> He finished on the podium at 23 successive races, a sequence that started at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2002 and ended at the Spanish GP in 2004. This is a record for the longest sequence of successive podiums in Grand Prix racing.
Below is a list showing the top ten riders of all-time in terms of podium finishes in Grand Prix racing:
Rider Total Podium Finishes, Wins, Seconds, Thirds
1) Valentino Rossi 160, 102, 39, 19
2) Giacomo Agostini 159, 122, 35, 2
3) Angel Nieto 139, 90, 35, 14
4) Phil Read 121, 52, 44, 25
5) Mike Hailwood 112, 76, 25 11
6) Max Biaggi 111, 42, 41, 28
7) Loris Capirossi 99, 29, 34 36
8) Jim Redman 98, 45, 33, 20
9) Mick Doohan 95, 54, 31, 10
10) Luigi Taveri 89, 30, 33, 26