MotoGP Statistics 2016 – Round Six – Gran Premio d’Italia Tim – Autodromo del Mugello
Official statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines
Grand Prix racing at Mugello
Mugello has a long history of hosting motorcycle grand prix racing and below are some facts and statistics from previous GP events at the circuit.
- This is the 31st occasion that a GP has been held at the Mugello circuit, including twenty six times in the consecutive years from 1991.
- The first time that Mugello hosted a grand prix event was in 1976. The 500cc race was won by Barry Sheene by the narrow margin of 0.1 sec from
- Phil Read, in a race lasting over 62 minutes. This was at a time when Suzuki riders dominated the premier-class; the first non-Suzuki rider home was Waerum Borge Nielsen in tenth place riding a Yamaha.
- The layout of the Mugello circuit has remained basically the same since 1976 with the official track length of 5.245km remaining unchanged.
- Yamaha have been the most successful manufacturer in the four-stroke MotoGP era at Mugello with a total of nine wins; five successive victories with Valentino Rossi in the years 2004 through to 2008, in addition to the wins with Lorenzo in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
- Honda have had four wins in the MotoGP class at Mugello: Valentino Rossi in 2002 and 2003, Dani Pedrosa in 2010, and Marc Marquez in 2014.
- Andrea Iannone’s second place finish last year was the first podium finish at Mugello for Ducati since Stoner gave them the single victory at the circuit in 2009.
- The best results for Suzuki in the MotoGP era is 5th, which was achieved by John Hopkins in 2007 and Loris Capirossi in 2009.
- Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider across all the classes at Mugello, with a total of nine victories; one each in 125cc and 250cc classes to add to his seven successive MotoGP wins (2 x Honda + 5 x Yamaha), the last of which came in 2008.
- Loris Capirossi is the only Italian rider other than Rossi to win in the premier-class at Mugello, the 500cc race in 2000 after a race long battle with his countrymen Biaggi and Rossi, both of whom crashed in the closing stages.
- The MotoGP race at Mugello in 2004 is the shortest ever premier-class grand prix race. The race lasted just six laps, after the first attempt to run the race was stopped due to rain and then restarted for the remaining laps under the rain rules as they stood at that time.
- Italy, together with The Netherlands and Great Britain are the only three countries that have hosted a motorcycle grand prix event in each year since the motorcycling world championship series started in 1949.
- Andrea Iannone qualified on pole last year at Mugello – his first pole in the MotoGP class. This was the first time that an Italian rider on an Italian bike had qualified on pole for a premier-class grand prix in Italy since Giacomo Agostini was on pole for the 500cc GP at Imola in 1972.
- Last year at Mugello, Danny Kent was on pole in the Moto3 class and Sam Lowes in Moto2 – the first time that Britain have had riders on pole in two of the classes since the Swedish GP at Anderstorp in 1977 when Barry Sheene was on pole in the 500cc class on a Suzuki and Mick Grant was on pole in the 250cc class on a Kawasaki.
Jorge Lorenzo levels with Dani Pedrosa and Angel Nieto
Jorge Lorenzo’s win at the French Grand Prix was the 101st time he has stood on the podium in the MotoGP class – the same number of podium finishes that great rival Dani Pedrosa has achieved. As shown in the following table, only Valentino Rossi has had more podium finishes than these two in the premier-class.
Lorenzo’s win at Le Mans was also the 139th time that he has stood on the podium across all grand prix classes. This is the same number of GP podium finishes as Spanish legend Angel Nieto. As shown below, only three riders have stood on the podium more often in grand prix racing.
Two hundred and fifty grand prix starts for Dani Pedrosa
At the Italian Grand Prix Dani Pedrosa is scheduled to make his 250th grand prix start. As shown in the following table of riders with the greatest number of grand prix starts, he will be just the ninth rider in the 68 years of motorcycle grand prix racing to reach this milestone. Also shown in the table is Andrea Dovizioso, who is scheduled to reach the milestone of 250 GP starts at the Austrian Grand Prix in August.
Great day for Maverick Viñales and Suzuki
It was a great day for both Maverick Viñales and Suzuki at the French Grand Prix, as summarised below:
- Maverick Viñales finished on the podium for the first time since moving up to the MotoGP class at the start of last year. He is the fifth youngest podium finisher in the MotoGP class since it became the premier-class of grand prix racing in 2002, after: Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo.
- With his third place finish in France, Viñales moves up to fifth place in the championship standings. This is the highest place a Suzuki rider has occupied in the MotoGP championship table since Loris Capirossi was fifth in the standings after the Chinese GP in 2008.
- This was the first podium for Suzuki since Loris Capirossi finished third at Brno in 2008.
- Viñales Suzuki team-mate Aleix Espargaro finished in sixth position in France, resulting in the team picking up a total of 26 points. This is the highest points score for the Suzuki team since the Czech GP win 2008 when Chris Vermeulen finished 6th to back up Loris Capirossi’s third place finish.
- Both Suzuki team riders have finished in the top six in both of the last two races. The last time that Suzuki had two top six finishes in back-to-back races was at the Czech and San Marino grands prix in 2007.
Grand Prix racing numbers
- 124 – Jorge Lorenzo’s win at Le Mans was the 124th victory for Spanish riders in the premier-class of grand prix racing, the same number of premier-class wins that Australian riders have achieved.
- 100 – At the Italian Grand Prix Aleix Espargaro is scheduled to make his 100th start in the MotoGP class.
- 99 – Jorge Lorenzo’s win at the French GP was the 99th victory for Yamaha in the four-stroke MotoGP class. The breakdown of wins by riders: Valentino Rossi – 54, Jorge Lorenzo – 42, Max Biaggi – 2, Ben Spies – 1.
- 15 years 330 days – The age difference between second place finisher at Le Mans, Valentino Rossi, and third place finisher Maverick Viñales. This is the largest age difference between two riders standing together on a premier-class podium since 22 year old John Newbold finished second in the 1975 Belgium GP and 40 year old Jack Findlay finished third.
- 10.654 seconds – Jorge Lorenzo crossed the line at Le Mans 10.654 seconds ahead of second place finisher Valentino Rossi, which is Lorenzo’s largest margin of victory in a dry MotoGP race.
- 10 – The rider starting on pole has not won in the Moto3 class for the last ten races. The last time a rider starting a Moto3 race from pole won the race was Enea Bastianini at Misano last year.
- 8 – The rider starting from pole position has won the last eight MotoGP races, the longest sequence of race wins from pole position in the MotoGP era.
- 7 years – Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have taken the top two places at the last two MotoGP races. This is the first time that the factory Yamaha have taken the top two places in MotoGP at back-to-back races for seven years – since the Catalan GP and Dutch TT in 2009.
Moto2 stats and facts
- Johann Zarco has finished on the podium at Mugello on three occasions: second in the 125cc race in 2011, third in Moto2 in 2013 and second last year on his way to winning the Moto2 world title. He also qualified on pole for the 125cc race at Mugello in 2011 – his first pole position in grand prix racing.
- Zarco’s crash at the French GP ended a sequence of 24 successive point scoring finishes – the last time he failed to score any points was when he crashed out of the Moto2 race in Australia in 2014.
- Alex Rins has twice finished on the podium at Mugello in the Moto3 class: second in 2013 and third two years ago when he also qualified on pole. Last year he finished 11th in the Moto2 race at Mugello after getting a bad start and finishing the first lap down in 16th. Following his win at Le Mans, Rins will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in the Moto2 class.
- Sam Lowes finished eighth at Mugello two years ago, after qualifying in second place on the grid – his first front row start in Moto2. Last year he finished fourth at Mugello after qualifying on pole then dropping down to 11th after a collision with Corsi at the start of the second lap.
- Tom Luthi has had three podium finishes from his thirteen GP starts at Mugello: second in the 125cc class in 2005 and third in the 250cc class in 2008 and third in Moto2 in 2012. He has crashed out of the Moto2 race at Mugello for the last two years, last year when leading the race on lap three.
- Jonas Folger finished third in 2014 at Mugello, one of two podium finishes he achieved in his rookie season in the Moto2 class. Last year he crashed out of third place on the seventh lap at the Casanova.
- After leading the race in the early stages, Dominique Aegerter finished third last year at the Italian Grand Prix – his only podium of 2015.
- Three years ago Luis Salom won the Moto3 race at Mugello from Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales. He was second in 2014 at Mugello – his best result in his rookie season in the Moto2 class. Last year he was 5th at the Italian Grand Prix – his equal best result of 2015.
- Mattia Pasini has won two grand prix races at Mugello; the 125cc race in 2006 and the 250cc race in 2009. He is the only rider currently competing in the Moto2 class who has won an intermediate-class GP at Mugello.
- In addition to Salom and Pasini mentioned above, the only other riders currently competing in the Moto2 class who have won a GP at Mugello are Simone Corsi (125cc in 2008) and Miguel Oliveira, who last year won the Moto3 race to become the first ever Portuguese GP winner.
- Simone Corsi’s second place finish at Le Mans equalled his best ever results in the Moto2 class he had at the German GP in 2013 and at Le Mans in 2014.
- Last year at Mugello Corsi crashed when he collided with Sam Lowes at the start of the second lap when the two riders were battling for second place.
Moto3 stats and facts
- KTM have won for the last three years in the Moto3 class at Mugello, following a win for FTR Honda in the first year of Moto3 in 2012.
- After competing in 78 GP races without a victory, Brad Binder made it back-to-back wins with his victory at Jerez and Le Mans. He is the first South African rider to take back-to-back wins in any class since Jon Ekerold won the final 350cc race of the 1980 season at the Nurburgring and the opening race of 1981 in Argentina. Binder set a new lap record last year at Mugello on his way to finishing 10th.
- Last year, on his first appearance at Mugello in a grand prix, Jorge Navarro qualified in 18th place on the grid and finished 7th, which was his best grand prix result at that time. Navarro has finished on the podium seven times in the last ten races.
- Romano Fenati finished second at Mugello in 2012, his rookie season in the Moto3 class. Two years ago he won at Mugello – one of his four wins in 2014. Last year he finished third at Mugello, finishing just 0.127 seconds behind race winner Oliveira.
- Francesco Bagnaia finished fourth last year in the Moto3 race at Mugello after battling for the victory throughout and finally finishing just 0.13 seconds behind race winner Oliveira.
- Karel Hanika started from fourth place on the grid last year at Mugello and was battling with the leading group throughout the race before crashing out on the final lap.
- Hiroki Ono finished 11th last year at Mugello after he had qualified in second place on the grid – his only front row start so far in grand prix racing.