MotoGP 2017 – Round 13 – Misano
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Official statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines

Misano and San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix Facts and Stats
  • The first Grand Prix to take place at Misano was in 1980; the 500cc race was over 40 laps of the 3.448 km, anti-clockwise circuit and it was won by Kenny Roberts.
  • The Misano circuit hosted a GP event for a total of ten occasions between the years of 1980 and 1993, and then did not have host a GP for thirteen years following the accident that ended the career of Wayne Rainey in 1993.

    Wayne Rainey suffered his career ending crash at Misano - Image by Phil Aynsley
    Wayne Rainey suffered his career ending crash at Misano – Image by Phil Aynsley
  • When GP racing returned to Misano in 2007, it was on a revised 4.18 km circuit running in the opposite direction to the earlier layout.
  • There have been nineteen previous Grands Prix named for San Marino. The first San Marino Grand Prix was held at Imola in 1981. Three different circuits have hosted the San Marino Grand Prix – Imola twice (1981 & 1983), Mugello four times (1982, 84, 91 and 93) and Misano on thirteen occasions (1985, 86, 87 and from 2007 onwards).
  • Yamaha have been the most successful manufacturer in MotoGP since the Grand Prix series returned to Misano in 2007, with six victories – the most recent of which was with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in 2014.

    Valentino Rossi with Jorge Lorenzo - Misano 2014
    Valentino Rossi with Jorge Lorenzo – Misano 2014
  • Honda have had three MotoGP wins at the Misano circuit, including for the last two years.
  • The win by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in 2015 was the first for Honda at Misano since 2010 and followed four successive wins for Yamaha.

    Marc Marquez
    Marc Marquez – Misano 2015
  • Ducati’s single victory at Misano was in 2007 with Casey Stoner. Since Stoner’s win, the Borgo Panigale factory have had two more podium finishes at this circuit: Toni Elias in 3rd in 2008 and Valentino Rossi in 2nd in 2012.
  • Suzuki have had two podium finishes in the MotoGP era at Misano, both of which came in 2007 when Chris Vermeulen finished second and John Hopkins third. Maverick Viñales’ 5th place finish last year was the best result for a Suzuki rider at Misano since Loris Capirossi finished 5th in 2009.

    Maverick Vinales
    Maverick Vinales – Misano 2016
  • The most successful riders at Misano since racing returned to the circuit in 2007, each with four victories, are Jorge Lorenzo (1 x 250cc, 3 x MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (1 x 125cc, 2 x Moto2, 1 x MotoGP)

    Jorge Lorenzo punches the air after taking victory at Misano in 2011
    Jorge Lorenzo punches the air after taking victory at Misano in 2011
  • Dani Pedrosa’s (Repsol Honda Team) victory in 2010 is the last time that the MotoGP race at Misano was won by a rider starting from pole position.

    Dani Pedrosa - Misano 2016
    Dani Pedrosa – Misano 2016
  • Lorenzo Baldassarri’s (Forward Racing Team) victory at Misano last year was the first Moto2 win by an Italian for 4 years, since Andrea Iannone won at Mugello in 2012.
  • Valentino Rossi misses the San Marino Grand Prix after making 130 successive MotoGP appearances. This will be only the fifth race that he has missed since making his grand prix debut in the 125cc class at the opening race of 1996 at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The only other four grand prix events that he has failed to start were following a crash in practice for the 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello when he suffered a fractured to his right leg; in addition to the Italian race he also missed appearing in Britain, at the Dutch TT and in Catalunya.

    Valentino Rossi with Jorge Lorenzo - Misano 2014
    Valentino Rossi with Jorge Lorenzo – Misano 2014
Great 2017 season for Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso continued his great 2017 season with a win at Silverstone, and in the process re-writing the record books

Andrea Dovizioso - Catalunya 2017 - Image by AJRN
Andrea Dovizioso – Catalunya 2017 – Image by AJRN
  • With his win at Silverstone, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) joins an elite group of riders who have won four or more premier class races in a single season during the MotoGP era. The other six riders who have done this are: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Sete Gibernau.
  • The only rider to have previously won more than three MotoGP races in a single season on a Ducati is Casey Stoner.

    Casey Stoner sprays the champagne at Brno in 2007
    Casey Stoner sprays the champagne at Brno in 2007
  • Dovizioso has scored a total of 183 points from the opening twelve races of 2017; this is the highest score by a Ducati rider after twelve races since Casey Stoner had a total of 187 in 2008.
  • Following his win at Silverstone, Dovizioso leads the Championship by nine points from Marc Marquez; the first time that a Ducati rider has headed the table at this stage (or later) in the season since Casey Stoner won the title in 2007.

    Andrea Dovizioso - Images by AJRN
    Andrea Dovizioso – Images by AJRN
  • His win at the British GP was the 39th time Dovizioso has stood on the podium in MotoGP, the same number of premier class podiums achieved by three-time 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts. One more top three finish for Dovizioso and he will equal the number of premier class podiums achieved by Barry Sheene.
  • Dovizioso is the fourth rider to have won in the premier class at both Donington and Silverstone, joining Wayne Gardner, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.

    Race action from Le Mans 2014
    Race action from Le Mans 2014
  • Dovizioso is the first Italian rider on an Italian bike to arrive at a Grand Prix in Italy leading the premier class Championship since MV Agusta rider Gianfranco Bonera arrived at Imola for round four of the 500cc championship in 1974 when jointly leading the title race with Barry Sheene.
Great season of racing in MotoGP

The 2017 season has so far produced some close and unpredictable racing, and a Championship that is wide open with six races of the year remaining

  • The victories in the first twelve races of the year have been split evenly between three manufacturers, with four wins each for Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.
  • The last time that three manufacturers took four or more wins in the same season was in 2006, when Honda took eight, Yamaha fi ve and Ducati four.
  • Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) heads the Championship table with an advantage of just 9 points over Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), 13 points over Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in third place, 26 points ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in fourth and 35 points ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) in fifth. These are the smallest margins at this stage of the season since the current scoring system was introduced in 1993. The previous closest margins at this stage of the season were 28 points covering the top three in 1998 and in 2006, 40 points covered the top four and 50 the top five.

    Dovizioso and Marquez
    Dovizioso and Marquez – Image by AJRN
  • Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) fi nished 15th at Silverstone and was just 33.901 seconds behind race winner Andrea Dovizioso – the fourth time from the twelve races in 2017 that less than 35 seconds have covered the top fifteen riders across the line. Only five times in the previous 840 premier class races before the start of 2017 had the top fifteen riders been covered by less than 35 seconds.
  • Just 19 points cover Yamaha, Honda and Ducati in the manufacturers’ Championship, the closest top three after twelve races during the MotoGP era.
  • With his win at Silverstone, Andrea Dovizioso takes over from Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) at the head of the Championship table, the fifth change of leader so far in 2017.
Dani Pedrosa levels with Carlos Checa

At the San Marino Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa is scheduled to make his 194th start in the MotoGP class. This is the same number of premier class starts as made by Carlos Checa, who is currently the Spanish rider with most starts in the premier class. As can be seen by the table below, only five riders in the 69 year history of grand prix racing have made more premier class appearances than these two Spanish riders.

Grand Prix Starts in the Premier Class

  1. Valentino Rossi 300
  2. Alex Barros 245
  3. Nicky Hayden 218
  4. Loris Capirossi 217
  5. Colin Edwards 196
  6. Carlos Checa 194
  7. Dani Pedrosa 193
  8. Andrea Dovizioso 172
  9. Jorge Lorenzo 168
  10. Kenny Roberts Jnr 167
MotoGP Facts and Stats
  • If Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) wins at Misano, he will be only the second Italian rider to win two premier class Grand Prix races on Italian soil in a single season. The only other rider to have achieved this is Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in 2008, when he won at both Mugello and Misano.
  • A win at Misano would also make Dovizioso the oldest rider to win three or more successive premier class races since Mick Doohan in 1998.
  • At the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso could become only the sixth rider to win three or more successive MotoGP races, joining Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on an illustrious list.
  • Andrea Dovizioso’s victory at Silverstone was the 100th win for Italy in the MotoGP era since it was introduced in 2002: Valentino Rossi – 76, Loris Capirossi – 7, Andrea Dovizioso – 6, Max Biaggi – 5, Marco Melandri – 5, Andrea Iannone – 1. The only nation with more MotoGP wins than Italy is Spain, with 119.
  • The MotoGP podium two years ago at Misano was Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding – the first MotoGP podium where all three of the riders had graduated from Moto2.

    Misano MotoGP 2015 - Podium - MotoGP
    Misano MotoGP 2015 – Podium – MotoGP
  • The total number of combined premier class wins for the three riders on the MotoGP podium at Misano last year – Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo – was 160, setting a new record.
  • Pedrosa’s win last year at Misano was the last in a sequence of eight MotoGP races won by eight different riders (Lorenzo, Rossi, Jack Miller, Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Viñales, Pedrosa). This is the longest ever sequence of successive different winners.

    Dani Pedrosa - Misano 2016
    Dani Pedrosa – Misano 2016
  • Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) finished second at the British Grand Prix, one place in front of teammate Valentino Rossi – the first time since the Argentine Grand Prix that both factory Yamaha riders were on the podium.
  • The second place finish for Viñales at Silverstone was the 50th time he has stood on the podium in his Grand Prix career. He is the fifth youngest rider ever to reach the milestone of 50 podium finishes, after Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
  • At Silverstone, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was the first rookie rider across the line for the ninth time in 2017. He now has an advantage of 32 points over teammate Jonas Folger in the rookie classification. Folger didn’t make the start at Silverstone after a crash in Sunday morning Warm Up.
  • At the British GP, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was the first Independent Team rider across the line for the fourth time in 2017, and is now just 20 points behind Johann Zarco in the battle for top Independent Team rider.
  • Crutchlow is scheduled to make his 118th GP start at Misano, all of which have been in the MotoGP class. This will equal the record number of premier class starts made by a British rider, which is currently held by Jeremy McWilliams.
  • Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) finished fifth at Silverstone, just 3.508 seconds behind teammate and race winner Andrea Dovizioso. This is the smallest margin that Lorenzo has had to the race winner since joining Ducati.
Moto2 Facts and Stats
  • At Silverstone, Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) won for the second time in his 133 Grand Prix starts so far, his other victory being Assen last year. He is the first Japanese rider to win more than once in Moto2 since it was introduced in 2010, and equaled the number of wins for his Team Manager – Tadayuki Okada – in the intermediate category.
  • At Misano, Nakagami is scheduled to become the seventh rider since it was introduced in 2010 to reach the milestone of 100 starts in the Moto2 class.
  • Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) crossed the line second at the British Grand Prix, his second podium finish in the Moto2 class (after being disqualified from second at Barcelona this year).
  • Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) finished third at the British GP, his eighth podium so far this season and his 17th in the Moto2 class, equaling Álex Rins. His best result at Misano is a fifth place last year. He missed the 2015 round at this track due to a leg injury sustained whilst training motocross.
  • Morbidelli leads the Championship by 29 points over his closest rival Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten). This is the highest margin after the twelve races in the Moto2 class since 2015 and the fourth overall since the introduction of the class in 2010 after 2015 (85 points), 2010 (76) and 2012 (53).
  • Tom Lüthi finished in fourth at Silverstone, which was only the third time he failed to stand on the podium this year.
  • Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) won his only Moto2 race so far at Misano last year. He has not been on the podium since that race.
  • Alongside Lorenzo Baldassarri, Takaaki Nakagami (2013, 2015, 2016) and Tom Lüthi (2010) are the only riders on the Moto2 grid to have stood on the podium at Misano in the class.
  • Mattia Pasini (2007), Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP – 2012), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo – 2016) are the only riders currently competing in Moto2 who have won in the lightweight category at Misano.

    MotoGP 2017 – Round 12 – Silverstone - Moto2 Race Results Takaaki Nakagami (JPN - Kalex) 38'21.607 Mattia Pasini (ITA - Kalex) +0.724 Franco Morbidelli (ITA - Kalex) + 2.678
    MotoGP 2017 – Round 12 – Silverstone – Moto2 Race Results
    Takaaki Nakagami (JPN – Kalex) 38’21.607
    Mattia Pasini (ITA – Kalex) +0.724
    Franco Morbidelli (ITA – Kalex) + 2.678
Moto3 Facts and Stats
  • Arón Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) won for the third time this year at the British GP, which was also his third win. It was his sixth podium finish in the Moto3 class, equaling Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3). He is now back in second in the Championship for the third time this season. Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0) crossed the line in second at Silverstone, which was his first podium finish since he won last year at Motegi and his 16th podium overall. He took the first of his two Grand Prix wins at Misano back in 2015.
  • Jorge Martín (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) crossed the line in third, his sixth podium so far this year. He crashed at Turn 6 at Misano last year during qualifying, fracturing his right foot and missing the race.
  • Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Racing Team) was fourth across the line at Silverstone – the best result so far in his 51 Grand Prix starts.
  • Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) leads the Championship with 64 points over his closest rival Arón Canet. This is the third highest margin after the opening twelve races in the Moto3 class after: 2016 – 86 points between Brad Binder and Jorge Navarro, 2015 – 70 points between Danny Kent and Enea Bastianini. Binder and Kent went on to become World Champions those years.
  • Mir is the only rider on the gird to have scored points in all twelve of the Moto3 races so far in 2017. The last time he failed to score points was when he crashed at Turn 7 at Sepang last year while he was in the leading group – alongside Brad Binder, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Aspar Mahindra Moto3) and Fabio Di Giannantonio.
  • Enea Bastianini (2015, 2016), Joan Mir (2016), Niccolò Antonelli (Red Bull KTM Aj0- 2015) and Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers – 2012) are the only riders on the current gird to have stood on the podium at Misano in the Moto3 class.
  • The British GP was the ninth all-Honda podium this season in the Moto3 class.
  • Honda have started from pole position only once at Misano since the introduction of the Moto3 class, and that was with Enea Bastianini in 2015. The Japanese manufacturer has won twice: 2015 (Bastianini) and 2014 (Álex Rins).
MotoGP 2017 – Round 12 – Silverstone - Moto3 Race Results Aron Canet (SPA - Honda) + 35'53.028 Enea Bastianini (ITA - Honda) + 0.063 Jorge Martín (SPA - Honda) + 0.111
MotoGP 2017 – Round 12 – Silverstone – Moto3 Race Results
Aron Canet (SPA – Honda) + 35’53.028
Enea Bastianini (ITA – Honda) + 0.063
Jorge Martín (SPA – Honda) + 0.111