Official MotoGP statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines
MotoGP 2017 – Round Six – Mugello MotoGP Statistics – Italian GP – Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley
Mugello a happy hunting ground for Yamaha
Valentino Rossi is declared fit to participate in this weekend‘s Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley
Earlier this afternoon the nine-time World Champion underwent a routine medical check-up at the Autodromo del Mugello. VR46 fans from all over the world can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that FIM Medical Director, Dr Giancarlo Di Filippo, the Chief Medical Officer of the Mugello Circuit, Dr Remo Barbagli and the MotoGP Medical Director, Dr Angel Charte have found Rossi to be in a suitable condition to take part in his home Grand Prix, starting with tomorrow‘s free practice sessions.
Grand Prix racing at Mugello
Mugello has a long history of hosting motorcycle grand prix racing
This is the 32nd occasion that a GP has been held at the Mugello circuit, including twenty seven times consecutively since 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 basically stayed 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 ten 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, 2015 and 2016.
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.
Since Casey Stoner gave Ducati their the single victory at the Mugello in 2009, Andrea Iannone is the only rider to finish on the podium riding for the Italian manufacturer – second place in 2015 and third last year.
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. He won 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 is, alongside The Netherlands and Great Britain, one of the three countries to have hosted a motorcycle grand prix event each year since the motorcycling world championship series started in 1949.
Spanish riders have won the MotoGP race at Mugello for the last seven years. The last non-Spanish rider to win in the MotoGP class at Mugello was Casey Stoner in 2009.
The MotoGP race victories at Mugello in the fifteen years since it was introduced as the premier-class of Grand Prix racing are shared by just five riders: Valentino Rossi (7 wins), Jorge Lorenzo (5 wins); Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez all having a single win at Mugello.
The winning margin for Jorge Lorenzo over Marc Marquez at Mugello last year was just 0.019 seconds, making it the seventh closest finish of all-time in the premier-class of grand prix racing.
Last year at Mugello just 0.077 seconds covered the first five riders across the line in the Moto3 race, making it the closest grand prix top five of all-time.
All five riders who have won in the Moto2 class at Mugello are now competing in the MotoGP class: Andrea Iannone (2010 & 2012), Marc Marquez (2011), Scott Redding (2013), Tito Rabat (2014 & 2015) and Johann Zarco (2016).
The Moto3 race at Mugello this year will be the 100th Grand Prix race for solo motorcycles to be held at the Mugello circuit.
Fantastic rookie season for Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco is the top rookie in the MotoGP championship classification in fifth place, with a seventeen point advantage over second best rookie in the championship standings, Tech3 team-mate Jonas Folger.
Zarco is also the top Independent Team rider in the current standings with a fi fteen point advantage over next best Cal Crutchlow.
Just five races into his rookie year, he is already the first French rider since Jean-Phillip Ruggia to have four top five finishes in a single season in the premier-class.
In the MotoGP era, starting in 2002, only four rookies have scored more points than Zarco over the opening four races of the year: 2006 – Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, 2008 – Jorge Lorenzo and 2013 – Marc Marquez.
The only rookies of the MotoGP era who have finished on the podium in one of their first five races are: Daijiro Kato, Troy Bayliss, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and Marc Marquez. Of these only Kato, Stoner and Spies were riding for an Independent Team.
Zarco is just the third French rider to finish on the podium in the MotoGP era, joining Olivier Jacque and Randy de Puniet.
His second place finish at Le Mans was the first podium for a French rider in the MotoGP class since Randy de Puniet was 3rd at Donington in 2009 and the best result for a French rider in the class since De Puniet was second at Motegi in 2007.
Zarco was in third place on the grid for his home grand prix – the first front row in the MotoGP class by a French rider since Randy de Puniet at Catalunya in 2010 and the best qualifying result in the premier-class by a French rider at his home race since Christian Sarron was on pole for the 500cc GP at Paul Ricard in 1988.
Zarco is the first rider to fi nish on the podium in the premier-class at his home race since Christian Sarron was second at Paul Ricard in 1988.
He is the first French rider since Christian Sarron in 1989 to score four successive top fi ve fi nishes in the premier-class of grand prix racing.
Pedrosa moves ahead of Lorenzo
With his third place finish at the French Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa moves back ahead of Jorge Lorenzo into third place in the following table of riders with most podium finishes across all solo classes of grand prix racing.
Andrea Iannone qualified on pole in 2015 at Mugello riding a Ducati – his fi rst 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.
Jonas Folger is the only rider in the MotoGP class who has scored points in all of the opening five races of the year.
With Sam Lowes finishing in 14th place at the French Grand Prix, all 23 of the riders on the full-time MotoGP entry list have now scored points in 2017.
Following his third place finish at the French Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa is second in the championship standings and two places higher than Marc Marquez. The last time that Pedrosa was higher in the championship standings than his teammate was following the Dutch TT in 2013.
Dani Pedrosa has finished on the podium at the last three races, the first time he has had three successive podium finishes since the Catalunya, Assen and Sachsenring in 2014.
Marc Marquez has scored 58 points so far in 2017, his lowest points total after the opening five races of the year since moving up to the MotoGP class in 2013.
With his win in France, Maverick Viñales became just the fifth rider to win three times or more in the opening five races of the year in the MotoGP era, joining: Valentino Rossi (2002, 2003, 2004,2005), Casey Stoner (2007, 2011), Jorge Lorenzo (2010, 2012), Marc Marquez (2014). On each of these occasions the rider winning three times in the opening five races has gone on to take the world title.
The podium at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans was only the fourth since the start of 2013 that did not include one of either Marc Marquez or Valentino Rossi. The other podium in this period that did not include either of these two riders were: 2013 – Italy (Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Crutchlow), 2014 – Aragon (Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro, Crutchlow), 2016 – Austria (Iannone, Dovizioso, Lorenzo).
At the French Grand Prix, Maverick Viñales became only the ninth rider to win a MotoGP race from pole and in the process set a new lap record, joining: Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Loris Capirossi, Makoto Tamada, Andrea Iannone.
At the French GP Valentino Rossi was leading the race entering the final lap but crashed out after being passed by Maverick Viñales. This is just the third time in his premier-class grand prix career that he has failed to win after starting the final lap leading the race. The other occasions this happened were in South Africa in 2002 when he was passed on the final lap by team-mate Tohru Ukawa, and at the French Grand Prix in 2003 when Sete Gibernau took the win after a great last lap battle.
At Le Mans Johann Zarco became only the third rider to qualify on the front row after appearing in Q1; the other two riders to have done this are Aleix Espargaro at the Dutch TT in 2015 and Cal Crutchlow at Phillip Island in 2016, a race the Brit went on to win.
After his second place finish at Le Mans, Johann Zarco will be aiming to be the first French rider to finish on the podium in back-to-back premier-class races since Regis Laconi in the 500cc races at Valencia and Australia in 1999.
Moto2 Facts and Stats
Franco Morbidelli won his fourth race on the five opening rounds of the season; the first rider to do so in the Intermediate-class since Jorge Lorenzo in 2007. With 100 points scored so far, only Stefan Bradl (2011 – 102 points) and Scott Redding (2013 – 101 points) have scored more points than Morbidelli over the opening five Moto2 races of the year.
Francesco Bagnaia crossed the line in second in Le Mans behind Morbidelli, making the first ever Italian one/two in Moto2.
Francesco Bagnaia’s podium in Le Mans places him as the first rookie since Álex Rins in 2015 to record back-to-back podiums in the five opening rounds.
In the Moto2 era, starting in 2010, only Maverick Viñales has scored more points than Francesco Bagnaia over the opening five races of the year in his rookie season. Top scoring rookies in Moto2 after five races are: 2014 – Maverick Viñales (62), 2017 – Francesco Bagnaia (53), 2015 – Álex Rins (49), 2015 – Sergio Gadea (47), 2011 – Marc Marquez (45).
Tom Lüthi crossed the line in third in Le Mans, meaning he equals Sito Pons with his 41 podiums in 250cc/Moto2. His closest rival on the current grid is Morbidelli with 13. He is the first rider to score more than 1700 World Championship points in the intermediate class.
Injured Álex Márquez finished in fourth in Le Mans, for the second time this season. He finished twelfth in Mugello in 2015 from 15th on the grid, his best result at that track in Moto2.
Mattia Pasini completed the Top 5 in Le Mans. His last intermediate class win was in 2009 in Mugello. He will be aiming to get his first podium finish in 86 Moto2 starts.
Lorenzo Baldassarri, Simone Corsi, Tom Lüthi and Dominique Aegerter are the only riders on the current grid to have stood on the podium at this track in Moto2.
Ninth across the line in Le Mans, Xavi Vierge equaled his worst finishing result so far this year. He crashed on the third lap in Mugello last year from 29th. The crash damaged an air fence and the race was red-flagged.
Ricky Cardus crossed the line in 13th in Le Mans, scoring KTM three points in the Constructors Championship. KTM are currently in second place in the Constructors Championship in what is their rookie season in the Moto2 class.
Andrea Iannone in 2012 is the last Italian rider to have won the intermediate-class at Italian Grand Prix.
Moto3 Facts and Stats
Joan Mir won his third race in the five opening rounds; this is the first time it has happened since Danny Kent in 2015, who went on to become World Champion. This was the 210th win of a Spanish rider in the lightweight class and the first Spanish grand prix 1-2 in the Moto3 class since Motegi 2014.
With Andrea Migno, Joan Mir is now the only rider who have scored points in all five of the Moto3 races in 2017. Mir crossed the line in seventh in Mugello last year from tenth on the grid.
Second across the line in Le Mans was the third career podium finish for Arón Canet. Ninth on the grid last year in Mugello, he crashed on the very last corner while he was in sixth position.
Fabio Di Giannantonio crossed the line in third in Le Mans, his fifth podium finish to equal Niccolò Antonelli.
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat finished 13th in Le Mans, making him the first Thai rider ever to have scored points in the lightweight class of grand prix racing.
Romano Fenati won in Mugello in 2014 and with Fabio Di Giannantonio (2nd last year was the first podium of his grand prix career), they are the only riders on the current grid to have stood on the podium at this track. Fenati is also the only Italian rider to have won in Mugello in Moto3.
Only Maverick Viñales (FTR Honda) in 2012 has won from pole position in Moto3 at Mugello. That is also the only Honda victory at the track in Moto3 so far.
There have always been different winners in Mugello since the introduction of the Moto3 class in 2012 (Viñales, Salom, Fenati, Oliveira and Brad Binder).
Romano Fenati qualified on pole position last year at Mugello; the last time he started from pole.
This is the first time since the introduction of the category in 2012 that there has been no KTM on the podium in five successive races.
This is the first time since 2015 that Honda have won five successive races in Moto3 and the first time since 1995 that the Japanese manufacturer has won the five opening races of a season in the lightweight class.
MotoGP 2017 – Round Six – Mugello MotoGP Statistics – Italian GP – Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley
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