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MotoGP: Indy by the Numbers

Red Bull Grand Prix

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Round 11 of the 2010 MotoGP Championship, is fast approaching, ready to showcase the talents of riders such as Fiat Yamaha stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

The Spaniard Lorenzo leads the points race with 235 points, most of them from winning seven out of 10 rounds. He is followed by Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, Ducati Team’s Casey Stoner, Pedrosa’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso and Rossi.

The riders will be on the 2.6-mile track for Free Practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and then the big race on Sunday.

Here are some official MotoGP statistical numbers to keep you busy until then:

276 – Nico Terol’s victory in the 125cc race at Brno was the 276th Grand Prix win for Aprilia. This is one more victory than achieved by MV Agusta and makes Aprilia the most successful non-Japanese manufacturer of all time in terms of Grand Prix victories. The only manufacturers with more Grand Prix wins than Aprilia are Honda with 632 GP wins and Yamaha with 458.

50 – Jorge Lorenzo’s victory at Brno was the 50th GP win for Spanish riders in the premier class. Spain is just the fifth nation to reach the milestone of 50 premier class GP wins; the other nations to have achieved this are Italy, USA, Great Britain and Australia.

34 years ago – Race day at the Indianapolis Grand Prix is the 34th anniversary of multi-world champion Toni Mang winning his first Grand Prix in the 125cc class in West Germany at the Nurburgring in 1976.

19 – Spanish riders have won the last nineteen 125cc races. The last non-Spanish winner in the 125cc class was Andrea Iannone at the Catalan Grand Prix last year. This is the longest sequence of successive 125cc GP wins by one nation in the 62 years history of Grand Prix racing.

17 – This will be the 17th occasion that there has been a motorcycle Grand Prix held in the USA. The first two events in 1964 and 1965 were held at the famous Daytona circuit. Twelve GP events have taken place at the Laguna Seca circuit and this is the third to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

14 – The first fourteen riders across the line in the Moto2 race at Brno were all former Grand Prix winners.

4 – Indianapolis is one of just four circuits on this year’s calendar (that have already held a Grand Prix event) where Ducati have not had a MotoGP win. The others are Le Mans, Silverstone and Estoril.

3 – Indianapolis is one of just three circuits on this year’s schedule (that have already held a Grand Prix event) where Honda have not taken a MotoGP victory. The other circuits are Misano and Silverstone.

2 – Yamaha has won each of the two MotoGP races held previously at the Indianapolis circuit.

1 – With the crash of Andrea Dovizioso at Brno, Jorge Lorenzo is now the only rider in the MotoGP class to have scored points at each of the first ten races of 2010.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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