Jerez MotoGP Statistical Smorgasbord
MotoGP 2016 – Gran Premio Red Bull de España
Official statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines – Circuito de Jerez
Spanish Grand Prix facts and stats
This is the 30th successive year that a motorcycle grand prix event has been held at the Jerez circuit since it was first used in 1987. Below are some facts and statistics related to grand prix racing at Jerez.
- Assen is the only current venue that has been used consecutively for a longer period than Jerez.
- A total of 89 grand prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at the Jerez circuit as follows: MotoGP – 14, 500cc – 15, Moto2 – 6, 250cc – 23, Moto3 – 4, 125cc – 24, 80cc – 3.
- Spain has been the most successful nation at the Jerez circuit, having taken a total of thirty grand prix victories across all classes: 7 x MotoGP, 4 x 500cc, 3 x Moto2, 6 x 250cc, 1 x Moto3, 6 x 125cc, 3 x 80cc.
- Since the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002, Honda have had seven victories at Jerez, Yamaha six and Ducati have had one win, with Loris Capirossi in 2006.
- Only three non-Spanish riders have won in the MotoGP class at Jerez – Valentino Rossi (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009), Loris Capirossi (2006) & Casey Stoner (2012).
- Jerez has been the most successful circuit for the Spanish riders as regards premier-class victories, with a total of eleven wins; Alberto Puig in 1995,
- Alex Criville in 1997, 98, 99, Sete Gibernau in 2004, Dani Pedrosa in 2008 & 2013, Jorge Lorenzo in 2010, 2011 & 2015, and Marc Marquez in 2014.
- There has been at least one Spanish rider on the podium in the MotoGP race at Jerez for the last twelve years, a sequence that started in 2004.
- Alberto Puig’s victory at Jerez on 7th May 1995 was the first win for a Spanish rider in the premier-class on home soil.
- Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider at the Jerez circuit with eight grand prix victories to his name; a single victory in both the 125cc and 250cc classes to add to his six in the premier-class.
- Suzuki’s last victory at Jerez was in 2000, when Kenny Roberts won the 500cc race on his way to taking the world title.
- Spain has had at least one winner across the three classes at the Jerez GP for the last six years.
- Last year at Jerez Jorge Lorenzo qualified on pole and led every lap of the race.
- With his third place finish at Jerez last year, Valentino Rossi became the first rider in the 67 years of motorcycle grand prix racing to reach the milestone of 200 GP podium finishes.
Marc Marquez levels with Phil Read
The win by Marc Marquez in Austin takes him level with seven times grand prix world champion Phil Read on 52 grand prix wins across all classes, as shown in the following table of riders with most GP wins.
Ninety-nine podium finishes for Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo’s second place finish in Austin was the 99th time he has stood on the podium in the MotoGP class. As shown in the following table, he needs one more top three finish to become just the third rider in the 68 year history of motorcycle grand prix racing to reach the milestone of 100 premier-class podium finishes.
Rider / Total Podium Finishes / Wins / Second Places / Third Places
- Valentino Rossi 176 86 50 40
- Dani Pedrosa 101 28 38 35
- Jorge Lorenzo 99 41 40 18
- Mick Doohan 95 54 31 10
- Giacomo Agostini 88 68 20 0
- Eddie Lawson 78 31 31 16
- Casey Stoner 69 38 11 20
- Wayne Rainey 64 24 22 18
- Max Biaggi 58 13 26 19
- Randy Mamola 54 13 22 19
Grand Prix racing numbers
- 60 – The pole position by Marc Marquez in Austin was the 60th pole of his grand prix career across the three classes, just one less pole than Valentino Rossi has achieved during his grand prix career.
- 55 years – On the day of qualifying at Jerez it will be exactly fifty five years ago to the day that Tom Phillips gave Honda their first ever grand prix victory at the opening 125cc race of 1961 at Montjuich Park in Barcelona.
- 43 years – On the first day of practice at Jerez it will be the 43rd anniversary of Jarno Saarinen’s win at the French GP in 1973 at Paul Ricard on his debut ride in the 500cc class on the new 500cc Yamaha machine. This was the first 500cc race to be won by a four-cylinder two-stroke machine.
- 42 – The win by Marc Marquez in Austin was the 42nd time he has stood on the podium in the premier-class, the same number of premier-class podiums achieved by Loris Capirossi.
- 24 years – The only Honda rider other than race winner Marc Marquez to score points at the grand prix in Austin was Tito Rabat, who finished 13th. The last time that Honda had only one rider finish in the top twelve in a premier-class grand prix was at Donington in 1992 when race winner Wayne Gardner was the only Honda rider to finish the race.
- 17 – Fabio Quartararo celebrates his 17th birthday two days before practice starts at Jerez.
- 9 – Brad Binder has finished on the podium at each of the opening three races of the year, making it nine podiums in total during his grand prix career. This is the greatest number of podium finishes by any rider in the Moto3 class without standing on the top step.
- 8 – The nine grand prix races that have taken place so far this year have been won by eight different riders. Only Marc Marquez has scored more than a single GP win in 2016.
- 7 – Only seven riders in the MotoGP class have score points at all three of the opening races of the year: Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro, Hector Barbera, Eugene Laverty, Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista and Tito Rabat.
- 7 – Romano Fenati’s win in Austin was his 7th victory in the Moto3 class. Only Four rider have taken more Moto3 wins: Luis Salom with nine and Alex Rins, Danny Kent, Maverick Viñales all with eight.
- 6 – The rider starting from pole position has won the last six MotoGP races. Never in the MotoGP era has there been seven successive races won from pole.
- 5 – Maverick Vinales finished fourth at Austin, one place ahead of team-mate Aleix Espargaro. This is the first time since the San Marino Grand Prix in 2007 that Suzuki have had two rider finish in the top five places; on that occasions Chris Vermeulen was second and John Hopkins finished third.
- 4 – Maverick Viñales finished fourth in Austin, which is the best result in MotoGP by a Suzuki rider since Loris Capirossi gave Suzuki their last podium finish when he was third at the Czech GP at Brno in 2008.
- 1 – Only once since the Moto2 class debuted in 2010 has the Jerez race winner gone on to claim the world title in the same year; this was in 2010 itself, when Toni Elias picked up his first win of the season.
Moto2 stats and facts
- After his second place finish at Austin, Sam Lowes leads the world championship classification for the first time. Lowes has not scored any points in his previous two Moto2 appearances at Jerez: in 2014 he crashed on the ninth lap and then re-started only to crash again later in the race. Last year he qualified in sixth place on the grid in Jerez, but slipped back through the field during the race to finish 20th.
- Alex Rins qualified on pole for the Moto3 race at Jerez in 2012 in just his second GP start and in the race finished fourth. He was again on pole at Jerez in 2013 when he crashed out of the race. He finished third in the Moto3 race at the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago – his first GP podium finish at Jerez. He qualified in second place on the Moto2 grid last year at Jerez and then crashed at the final corner when attempting to take Tito Rabat for second place; he re-started to finish 18th.
- World Champion Johann Zarco has twice finished on the podium at Jerez; third in the 125cc race in 2011 and second in the Moto2 race last year after starting in ninth place on the grid.
- Tom Luthi has had three podium finishes at Jerez in the Moto2 class: third in 2010 and 2012, and second in 2011. Last year Luthi qualified fourth and finished fourth at Jerez.
- Dominique Aegerter’s fourth place finish at Austin was his best result since he was fourth at Indianapolis last year. Aegerter has had a single podium finish at Jerez – second in 2014, which was his best grand prix result at that time.
- Jonas Folger has a great record at Jerez – he has been on the podium there on four occasions; second in Moto3 in 2011 and third in 2013, third in Moto2 in 2014 and a race win last year.
- Jonas Folger is the only rider competing in Moto2 who has won in the class at Jerez. Other riders currently competing in Moto2 who have won in the Moto3/125cc class at Jerez are Simone Corsi (2008) and Danny Kent (2015).
- Three riders in the Moto2 class celebrate their birthdays over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend: on the day of qualifying Alex Marquez is 20 and Alessandro Tonucci is 23, and on race day Simone Corsi is 29.
Moto3 stats and facts
- Romano Fenati has won the Moto3 race at Jerez twice, in 2012 and 2014 – on both occasions after qualifying in 10th place on the grid.
- Championship leader Brad Binder finished third at Jerez last year, behind two rider who have since moved up to compete in the Moto2 class – Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira.
- Other than Fenati and Binder, no other riders currently competing in the Moto3 class has finished on the podium in a grand prix race at the Jerez circuit.
- Jorge Navarro who has finished on the podium six times in the last eight races after not had a top three finish in his previous twenty four grand prix starts.
- Niccolo Antonelli finished 8th at Jerez in 2012 but has failed to finish for each of the last three years at the Spanish Grand Prix; he crashed out in both 2013 & 2014, and last year he retired from the race with technical problems.
- Last year at Jerez, Fabio Quartararo became the second youngest rider ever (after Marco Melandri) to start a grand prix from pole position. He finished the race in fourth position. Quartararo has finished 13th at each of the opening three races of 2016.
- Only five riders in the Moto3 class have scored points in all three of the races that have taken place so far in 2016: Brad Binder, Jorge Navarro, Philipp Oettl, Jakub Kornfeil and Fabio Quartararo.