MotoGP Stats update heading to Mugello

2019 MotoGP Mugello Statistics

With Dr. Thomas Morsellino

This is the 34th occasion that a GP has been held at the Mugello circuit, including 28 times in a row from 1991.

Mugello hosted a Grand Prix event for the first time in 1976. The 500cc race was won by Barry Sheene by the narrow margin of 0.1 sec ahead of Phil Read in a race lasting over 62 minutes.

Barry Sheene
Barry Sheene

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 on a Yamaha. The layout of the Mugello circuit has remained basically the same since 1976 with the official track length of 5.245km unchanged.

Mugello MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mugello MotoGP – Image by AJRN

A total of 105 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at the Mugello circuit since 1976: MotoGP – 17, 500cc – 16, Moto2 – 9, 350cc – 2, 250cc – 24, Moto3 – 7, 125cc – 25, 80cc – 2, 50cc – 3. Misano is the only other circuit that has hosted the Italian GP,in 1991 and 1993.

The Mugello circuit also hosted the Nations GP (1976, 1978 and 1985) and the San Marino GP (1982, 1984, 1991 and 1993).

Honda is the most successful manufacturer with 16 premier class wins, the last of which was in 2014 with Marc Marquez.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez – 2018 Mugello

Yamaha have had 12 wins in the premier class including with Kenny Roberts (1978) and Wayne Rainey (1991) on 500cc machinery, five successive victories with Valentino Rossi from 2004 to 2008 and five wins with Jorge Lorenzo in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016..

Last year at Mugello, Jorge Lorenzo gave Ducati their third MotoGP win at Mugello, after Casey Stoner back in 2009 and Andrea Dovizioso in 2017 when he became the first Italian rider to win on an Italian bike at the track in the premier class.

Jorge Lorenzo back on top after is 2018 Mugello win
Jorge Lorenzo back on top after his 2018 Mugello win over Dovizioso

The best result for Suzuki in the MotoGP era is fourth, which was achieved by Andrea Iannone last year. Prior to that, Suzuki won twice at Mugello in the premier class, with Barry Sheene (1976) and Kevin Schwantz (1992).

Loris Capirossi is the only Italian rider other than Rossi and Dovizioso to win in the premier class at Mugello, taking victory in the 500cc race in 2000 after a race-long battle with countrymen Max Biaggi and Valentino 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: just six laps. The first attempt to run the race was stopped due to rain and it was restarted for the remaining laps as per the rules at the time.

Italy, the Netherlands and the UK are the only three countries that have hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix each year since the motorcycling world championship started in 1949.

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi leads Mugello race wins

The MotoGP race victories at Mugello since the category was introduced as the premier class of Grand Prix racing are shared by just six riders: Valentino Rossi (7 wins), Jorge Lorenzo (6 wins); and Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso all have a single win at Mugello.

The winning margin for Jorge Lorenzo over Marc Marquez at Mugello in 2016 was just 0.019 seconds, making it the seventh closest finish of all time in the premier class The nine Moto2 races that have taken place at Mugello have been won by seven different riders: Andrea Iannone (2010 and 2012), Marc Marquez (2011), Scott Redding (2013), Tito Rabat (2014 and 2015), Johann Zarco (2016), Mattia Pasini (2017) and Miguel Oliveira (2018).

Jorge Lorenzo beats Marc Marquez to the flag at Mugello MotoGP 2016
Jorge Lorenzo beats Marc Marquez to the flag at Mugello MotoGP 2016

The seven Moto3 races that have taken place at Mugello have been won by seven different riders: Maverick Viñales, Luis Salom, Romano Fenati, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder, Andrea Migno and Jorge Martin. Only two of them have been won by non-KTM riders: Maverick Viñales (FTR Honda–2012) and Jorge Martin (Honda–2018)

Previously… in MotoGP
300  At the French GP, Marc Marquez gave Honda their 300th premier class win. Yamaha are their closest rival with 227 victories.
120 In France, Marc Marquez took his 120th Grand Prix podium, one less than Phil Read who is in sixth place on the list of riders with most podium finishes.
100 Cal Crutchlow finished in ninth place at Le Mans, becoming the first British rider to reach the milestone of 100-point scoring races in the premier class.
95 Andrea Dovizioso’s second place in France was the 95th time he has been on the podium in Grand Prix racing, equalling five-time World Champion Mick Doohan.
47 The win by Marc Marquez at the French GP was the 47th since he stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2013, equalling his teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
26 Since the opening Grand Prix in Qatar, 26 different riders have stood on the podium across all classes. Only Marc Marquez has finished on the podium more than three times in the opening five Grand Prix of the season.
11 Since the opening race in Qatar, there have been 11 different winners across all three classes for the first time since 2016 (11 different winners in all classes).
3 Marc and Alex Marquez won on the same day for the third time in their Grand Prix career along with Catalunya and Assen back in 2014, and for the first time with Alex competing in Moto2.
3 This is the second time there were three Ducati riders within the top four across the line of a MotoGP race, with the first time Turkey back in 2007.

MotoGP Facts and Stats

Following Le Mans, Marc Marquez leads the MotoGP World Championship with 95 points, equalling last year at this stage of the season. This is the highest score for a rider leading the Championship after the opening five races since 2015 when Valentino Rossi (102 points) led Jorge Lorenzo.

Marc Marquez’ win at Le Mans is the eighth successive win for a Spanish rider in the premier class at the track.

Andrea Dovizioso’s second place in France was the 95th time he was on the podium in Grand Prix racing, equalling five-time World Champion Mick Doohan who is in 12th place on the list of riders with most podium finishes. In addition, it was Andrea Dovizioso’s 54th podium finish in the premier class, equalling Randy Mamola and four less than Max Biaggi, who is in 10th place on the list of riders with most podium finishes in the class.

Danilo Petrucci was on the podium for the seventh time in his Grand Prix career, equalling Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo in fourth place on the list of Ducati riders with most podium finishes in MotoGP behind Casey Stoner (42), Andrea Dovizioso (32) and Loris Capirossi (23).

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Jack Miller pipping Valentino Rossi to the line at Le Mans

Eight different riders have already been on the podium after the opening five races of the season, one less than at this stage of the 2018 season. Jack Miller crossed the line in fourth place as the third Ducati rider in France, which is the second time there have been three Ducati riders within the top four since the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002; the other being Turkey in 2007 with Casey Stoner winning the race, Loris Capirossi in third and Alex Barros in fourth.

Jack Miller is now leading the Independent Team riders’ classification with 42 points ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who is tied with Franco Morbidelli on 34 points.

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 and 5 x Yamaha), the last of which came in 2008. Neither of the two Yamaha factory riders have won at least one of the five opening races for the second successive year. The last time the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team did not have a win in any of the first five races of the year in two successive seasons was in 2002 and 2003. Following the French GP, Yamaha have scored 78 points in the Constructor’s World Championship classification, which is the lowest points accumulated after the opening five races by Yamaha since 2006 when the Japanese manufacturer had 69 points after the French GP.

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Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow finished in ninth place at Le Mans, becoming the first British rider to reach the milestone of 100 point-scoring races in the premier class. With Takaaki Nakagami crashing out of the race in France, only six riders have scored points in all four of the MotoGP races in 2019: Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro.

Premier Class Wins and Titles

Pos Riders Premier Class Wins Premier Class Titles
1 Valentino Rossi 89 7
2 Giacomo Agostini 68 8
3 Mick Doohan 54 5
4 Jorge Lorenzo 47 3
4 Marc Marquez 47 5
6 Casey Stoner 38 2
7 Mike Hailwood 37 4
8 Eddie Lawson 31 4
9 Dani Pedrosa 31
10 Kevin Schwantz 25 1

Andrea Iannone qualified on pole in 2015 at Mugello riding a Ducati–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 the Nations GP in Imola back in 1972.

With his 12th-place finish at Le Mans, Aleix Espargaro scored his 993rd point since the beginning of his career. In Mugello, he will be aiming to reach the milestone of 1000 points.

At the Italian GP, wildcard Michele Pirro is scheduled to make the 100th start of his Grand Prix career. The only one of the four rookies in the MotoGP class this year to have previously won in any of the smaller classes in Mugello is Miguel Oliveira, who won in Moto3 back in 2015–the first of his 12 GP wins so far–and in Moto2 last year.

Fabio Quartararo finished in eighth place in Le Mans behind his teammate Franco Morbidelli, setting the fastest lap of the race for the second time this year along with Qatar. He is still leading the fight for Rookie of the Year with 25 points followed by Francesco Bagnaia (9 points), Joan Mir (8) and Miguel Oliveira (8).

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Marquez dominated the #FrenchGP

Marc Marquez closes in on Phil Read

The win by Marc Marquez at the French GP was the 120th time he was on the podium in his Grand Prix career, one less than Phil Read. Only five riders have been on the podium on more occasions than Read in Grand Prix racing

Pos Rider Total  Wins Seconds Thirds
1 Valentino Rossi 234 115 67 52
2 Giacomo Agostini 159 122 35 2
3 Dani Pedrosa 153 54 52 47
4 Jorge Lorenzo 152 68 51 33
5 Angel Nieto 139 90 35 14
6 Phil Read 121 52 44 25
7 Marc Marquez 120 73 30 17
8 Mike Hailwood 112 76 25 11
9 Max Biaggi 111 42 41 28
10 Loris Capirossi 99 29 34 36

On this day…

May 30th
At the Italian GP back in 2002, Ducati revealed the Desmosedici, their MotoGP bike to compete in the premier class from the 2003 season on.
In 1954, at the French GP held in Reims, Pierre Monneret won the 500cc race to become the first of the three French riders to have won in the premier class so far.
May 31st
Ten years ago, at the Italian GP, Casey Stoner won from Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, which was the first win for a Ducati rider in the premier class at Mugello.
At the same GP, Mattia Pasini won his second race in the intermediate category from Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista.
In 1998, Alex Criville won the French GP held at Le Castellet, from Mick Doohan and Carlos Checa, to become the first Spanish rider to lead the premier class standings.
June 1st
At the 2008 Italian GP, Marco Simoncelli won his first race in the intermediate category following a spectacular collision with Hector Barbera on the straight. This was the first win for a Gilera rider in the class.
June 2nd
At the 2013 Italian GP, Johann Zarco finished third in the Moto2 race behind Scott Redding and Nico Terol for his first podium finish in the class.
Andrea Dovizioso Qualifying Mugello 2018
Andrea Dovizioso Qualifying Mugello 2018

Andrea Dovizioso scheduled for 300th Grand Prix start

Andrea Dovizioso
At the Italian Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso is scheduled to become the third rider in the history of Grand Prix racing to make 300 Grand Prix starts, including 299 successive races. Below are a collection of statistics relating to Doviziozo’s Grand Prix career.
Andrea Dovizioso has taken part in 32.3% of the 928 Grand Prix events staged since the start of the World Championship series back in 1949.
Andrea Dovizioso has the fifth longest winning career of all time, tied with Jorge Lorenzo: it’s 14 years 326 days between his first win in the 125cc class in South Africa in 2004 and his latest MotoGP win in Qatar earlier this year.
Andrea Dovizioso has finished in a point-scoring position 259 times.
2019 is his 18th year as a full-time GP rider. Valentino Rossi holds the record with 24 seasons so far.
During his career, Dovizioso has competed at 28 different Grand Prix circuits. Of these 28 circuits, he has taken at least one GP win at 16 of them.
The circuit at which Dovizioso has had most GP wins is Donington, where he has won three times. He has won GP races on four different motorcycles: 125cc Honda, 250cc Honda, 800cc Honda (RC212V) and 990cc Ducati.
The circuit at which Dovizioso has made most GP starts is Mugello, where he has appeared 18 times since his first Grand Prix appearance at the Italian GP back in 2001.
He is still in sixth place on the list of the youngest riders to win the lightweight World Championship at the age of 18 years 201 days.
Dovizioso, who is equal with Mick Doohan with 95 podium finishes, needs just five more top three finishes to become just the 10th rider in GP history to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes.
Dovizioso is in third place in the following table of all riders who have made more than 250 Grand Prix starts since the beginning of the World Championship Grand Prix racing 70 years ago:
Rider Total 500/MGP 350 250/M2 125/M3 80/50
V Rossi 388 328 30 30
L Capirossi 328 217 84 27
A Dovizioso 299 201 49 49
D Pedrosa 295 217 32 46
J Lorenzo 287 193 48 46
J Findlay 282 157 83 34 6 2
A Barros 276 245 14 17
Á Bautista 274 158 49 67
T Lüthi 272 18 187 67
H Barberá 267 139 81 47
S Corsi 267 172 95
A D Angelis 265 61 139 65
A Nieto 265 1 16 160 88
B Kneubühler 264 71 46 52 86 9
R D Puniet 253 140 80 33
MotoGP Rnd Argentina Rossi Celebrate
Rossi has the most premier class starts racking up 388 over his 21 year career

MotoGP World Championship Standings

Pos Rider Bike Points
1 Marc Marquez Honda 70
2 Alex Rins Suzuki 69
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 67
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 61
5 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 41
6 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 30
7 Jack Miller Ducati 29
8 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 29
9 Cal Crutchlow Honda 27
10 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 25
11 Pol Espargaro KTM 21
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 18
13 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 17
14 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 11
15 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 9
16 Joan Mir Suzuki 8
17 Miguel Oliveira KTM 7
18 Johann Zarco KTM 7
19 Stefan Bradl Honda 6
20 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 6
21 Tito Rabat Ducati 2
22 Karel Abraham Ducati 0
23 Hafizh Syahrin KTM 0
24 Bradley Smith Aprilia 0


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