MotoGP Valencia rider facts and stats
Valentino Rossi has had two victories at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in 2003 on a Honda and in 2004 riding a Yamaha. Valencia is one of only four circuits on this year’s calendar where Rossi has not had a win riding the 800cc bike; the others are Losail, Donington and Phillip Island. His third place finish last year is his only podium at Valencia in the last three years. In 2007 he retired with engine failure and in 2006 he crashed and re-started to finish 13th.
Valencia is one of just three of the current circuits where Jorge Lorenzo has not had a Grand Prix victory in any class, the others being Sachsenring and Laguna Seca. Lorenzo’s single podium finish at Valencia was in 2005 when he was second in the 250cc race behind Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner scored his first ever GP victory at Valencia, in the 125cc class in 2003 riding an Aprilia. In his first MotoGP race at Valencia in 2006 he crashed out from fifth place when only seven laps from the flag, in 2007 he finished second and last year he had a perfect weekend with pole position, start to finish race win and a new lap record.
Dani Pedrosa is the only rider to have won in all three classes at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. In his seven races at the circuit across the three GP classes he has only once finished off the podium and that was fourth in 2006 in his first season in the MotoGP class. He set a new lap record in winning the MotoGP race at Valencia in 2007 from pole position and last year he finished second.
Andrea Dovizioso’s only podium finish at Valencia was in 2004 when he finished second in the 125cc race. Last year at Valencia, in his debut season in the MotoGP class, he finished an excellent fourth and was the first rider from a satellite team across the line and the first rider using Michelin tires.
Colin Edwards’ sixth place finish last year is his best result at Valencia from his six visits to the circuit.
Marco Melandri won the 250cc GP at Valencia in his world championship-winning season of 2002. He also won the MotoGP race at Valencia riding a Honda in 2005.
Loris Capirossi has twice finished on the podium at Valencia in the MotoGP class; in 2003 and 2006, both times riding a Ducati. If he does not finish in the top three this year in Valencia it will be the first time since 1992 that he will have gone a full season without a podium finish.
Alex de Angelis scored his only victory in Grand Prix racing in the 250cc class at the Valencia event in 2006. Last year, in his rookie MotoGP season, he finished tenth after qualifying down in 16th place on the grid.
Toni Elias finished on the podium three times at Valencia when racing in the smaller classes of Grand Prix. His sixth place finish in 2006 is his best result from his four outings in the premier-class at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Chris Vermeulen’s sixth place finish in 2007 is his best result at Valencia from his three races there. A top fifteen finish for Vermeulen at the final race of the year will mean he has scored points at all seventeen races during the 2009 season.
Randy de Puniet won the 250cc race at Valencia in 2003 riding an Aprilia. Since moving up to the MotoGP class his best result at the circuit is ninth in 2007 when riding a Kawasaki.
Nicky Hayden has had mixed fortunes at Valencia – he crashed in both 2003 and 2004 and then had podium finishes in 2005 and then in 2006 to clinch the world title. In 2007 he finished 8th after qualifying on the front row and last year was fifth on his last ride for Honda after again qualifying on the front row.
James Toseland had four podium finishes at Valencia during his time racing in the World Superbikes, including two victories. On his MotoGP debut at the circuit last year he finished down in eleventh, after getting a bad start from his fifth place grid position to finish the first lap in twelfth place.
Mika Kallio has had some excellent results at Valencia in the smaller classes; he won the 125cc race in 2005, was second in the same class in 2006 and won the 250cc race in 2007. In the 250cc race last year he was battling for the win on the last lap when he crashed and then re-started to finish eleventh.