MotoGP: Facts and Figures Le Mans

Facts and Figures

997 – Casey Stoner has accumulated 997 points during his career in the MotoGP class. If he finishes 13th or better in France he will become the 17th rider to reach the milestone of 1000 points in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing.

150 – At the French GP Dani Pedrosa is scheduled to become the youngest ever rider to reach the milestone of 150 Grand Prix starts across all classes, taking the record from Marco Melandri.

34 – Qualifying day at Le Mans will be the 34th anniversary of Jim Redman winning the West German Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit, riding the new four-cylinder Honda. This was the debut for the 500cc factory Honda and the companies first ever win in the premier-class.

14 – At the Spanish Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa scored his fourteenth pole position in the premier-class, which is one more than achieved by the next best Spanish rider, Sete Gibernau.

5 – In the 125cc race at Jerez, Spanish riders filled the top five places on the grid for the first time ever in any class of Grand Prix racing.

3- Le Mans is one of just three circuits on this year’s calendar (that have been used previously) where Ducati have not had a MotoGP win. The others are Indianapolis and Estoril.

3 – Spanish riders won all three races at Jerez. This is just the fourth time that Spanish riders have taken the victory in all three GP on the same day. The other occasions this has occurred are: Le Mans in 2003, Donington 2006 and Valencia 2009.

0.89 seconds – The first three finishers in the MotoGP race at the Spanish Grand Prix were separated by just 0.89 seconds, which is the second closest podium finish of the 800cc era after the Catalan GP of 2007 when 0.39 seconds covered the first three riders across the line.