Statistics for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

STATISTICS 2011

12: Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

MotoGP Riders Profile

**1. Jorge Lorenzo **
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 157 (63 x MotoGP, 48 x 250, 46 x 125) 11
Wins 37 (16 x MotoGP, 17 x 250, 4 x 125) 2
Podiums 79 (41 x MotoGP, 29 x 250, 9 x 125) 7
Poles 44 (18 x MotoGP, 23 x 250, 3 x 125) 2
Last win ITA/11 ITA
Last podium USA/11/2nd USA/2nd
Last pole USA/11 USA

»»Lorenzo has finished on the podium in each of the three years that a MotoGP race has been held at the Indianapolis circuit
»»His 3rd place finish in 2008 was his first wet weather podium in any class of Grand Prix racing
»»In 2009 he won by over nine seconds after taking the lead on lap nine
»»Finished 3rd last year at Indianapolis after getting a bad start from second on the grid and finishing the first lap in 5th
»»The Indianapolis GP last year was the only event of 2010 that Lorenzo was both out-qualified by this year's team-mate Spies and finished behind him in the race

4. Andrea Dovizioso
Age: 25

CAREER 2011
Starts 162 (64 x MotoGP, 49 x 250, 49 x 125) 11
Wins/best result 10 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250, 5 x 125) 2nd x 4
Podiums 55 (14 x MotoGP, 26 x 250, 15 x 125) 5
Poles/best grid 14 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250, 9 x 125) 3rd/FRA
Last win GBR/09 -
Last podium CZE/11/2nd CZE/2nd
Last pole JPN/10 -

»»Dovizioso was fifth and the first non-factory rider across the line at Indianapolis in 2008, having led a MotoGP race for the first time at the end of the first lap
»»In 2009 he finished fourth, just half a second off the podium after qualifying down in eighth place on the grid
»»Finished 5th last year at Indianapolis after getting a great start and ending the first lap 2nd before slowly dropping back through the field
»»Has only twice failed to finish in the top four so far in 2011 – 12th at Jerez and 5th at Laguna Seca

5. Colin Edwards
Age: 37

CAREER 2011
Starts 147 – all MotoGP 10
Best result 2nd x 5 3rd/GBR
Podiums 12 1
Poles/best grid 3 6th/ITA
Last podium GBR/11/3rd GBR/3rd
Last pole CHN/08 -

»»Edwards was the last point-scoring finisher at Indianapolis in 2008 struggling with machine set-up
»»In 2009 he finished 5th at Indianapolis after being as high as third early in the race
»»Last year he pitted at the end of the 11th lap to change to a softer tyre. He re-joined the race only to retire at the end of lap 16

7. Hiroshi Aoyama
Age: 29

CAREER 2011
Starts 127 (23 x MotoGP, 104 x 250) 11
Wins/best result 9 – 250cc 4th/SPA
Podiums 27 – 250cc 0
Poles/best grid 8 – 250cc (10th In MotoGP) 10th x 2
Best MotoGP finish 4th/SPA/11 -
Last win MAL/09 – 250cc -
Last podium MAL/09/1st – 250cc -
Last pole MAL/09 – 250cc -

»»Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled
»»Finished 2nd at Indianapolis on his way to winning the 250cc world title in 2009
»»Last year was 12th in the MotoGP race at Indianapolis; his first race back following his Silverstone crash

8. Hector Barbera
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 151 (29 x MotoGP, 75 x 250, 47 x 125) 11
Wins/best result 10 (4 x 250, 6 x 125) 6th/SPA
Podiums 32 (20 x 250, 12 x 125) 0
Poles/best grid 9 (8 x 250, 1 x 125) (6th in MotoGP) 6th/QAT
Best MotoGP finish 6th/SPA/11 -
Last win VAL/09 – 250cc -
Last podium VAL/09/1st – 250cc -
Last pole POR/09 – 250cc -

»»Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled
»»Finished 6th in the 250cc race at Indianapolis in 2009 after getting a bad start from 4th on the grid and ending the first lap down in 13th
»»Last year qualified down in 16th for the MotoGP race at Indianapolis, but improved in the race to finish tenth

11. Ben Spies
Age: 27

CAREER 2011
Starts 32 – all MotoGP 11
Wins 1 1
Podiums 4 2
Poles/best grid 1 2nd x 2
Last win NED/11 NED
Last podium NED/11/1st NED/1st
Last pole INP/10 -

»»Raced as a wild-card at Indianapolis in 2008, making the last of his three Grand Prix starts of the season on a factory Suzuki
»»In 2008 he qualified as the top Suzuki rider in 5th place on the grid and finished the race in 6th - the best performance by a wild-card rider in the 800cc era of MotoGP
»»Last year at Indianapolis he qualified on pole for the first time in MotoGP and finished 2nd – his best result of 2010

14. Randy de Puniet
Age: 30

CAREER 2011
Starts 210 (97 x MotoGP, 80 x 250, 33 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 5 (5 x 250cc) 10th/POR
Podiums 24 (2 x MotoGP, 22 x 250) 0
Poles/best grid 9 – 250cc (2nd in MotoGP) 7th/SPA
Best MotoGP finish 2nd/JAP/07 -
Last win GBR/05 – 250cc -
Last podium GBR/09/3rd -
Last pole POR/05 – 250cc -

»»His only previous race start at Indianapolis is in the 250cc race in 2009 when he finished 10th
»»Last year he went out in FP1 but realised that he had not fully recovered from concussion suffered in a crash two weeks earlier at Brno and withdrew from the race

17. Karel Abraham
Age: 21

CAREER 2011
Starts 104 (11 x MotoGP, 62 x 250/Moto2, 31 x 125) 11
Wins/best result 1 (1 x Moto2) 7th x 2
Podiums 2 (2 x Moto2) 0
Best grid 5th – 250cc 6th/GBR
Last win VAL/10/Moto2 -
Last podium VAL/10/1st – Moto2 -

»»Has never been fully fit in his three previous visits to Indianapolis
»»He finished 13th in 2008 suffering with a wrist injury picked up in a crash at the previous race at Misano
»»In 2009 he was 12th while still recovering from the ankle that he had broken a month previously when riding a motocross bike
»»Last year he finished 13th while still not fully recovered from the broken leg sustained at the German GP six weeks earlier

19. Alvaro Bautista
Age: 26

CAREER 2011
Starts 142 (26 x MotoGP, 49 x 250, 67 x 125) 9
Wins/best result 16 (8 x 250, 8 x 125) 5th/GBR
Podiums 46 (28 x 250, 18 x 125) 0
Poles/best grid 17 (9 x 250, 8 x 125) (8th in MotoGP) 9th x 2
Best MotoGP finish 5th x 3 -
Last win CAT/09 – 250cc -
Last podium VAL/09/2nd – 250cc -
Last pole ITA/09 – 250cc -

»»Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled
»»Finished 3rd in the 250cc race at Indianapolis in 2009 behind current MotoGP rivals Simoncelli and Aoyama
»»Last year at Indianapolis he was 8th, after finishing the first lap down in 13th place

24. Toni Elias
Age: 28

CAREER 2011
Starts 190 (90 x MotoGP, 65 x 250/Moto2, 35 x 125) 11
Wins/best result 17 (1 x MotoGP, 14 x 250/Moto2, 2 x 125) 8th/GBR
Podiums 43 (6 x MotoGP, 28 x 250, 9 x 125) 0
Poles/best grid 12 (8 x 250/Moto2, 4 x 125) 12th/CZE
Last win JPN/10 - Moto2 (POR/06 – MotoGP) -
Last podium JPN/10/1ST - Moto2 (CZE/09/3RD – MotoGP) -
Last pole VAL/10 – Moto2 -

»»Finished 12th in the MotoGP race at Indianapolis in 2008 from 9th place on the grid
»»In 2009 he finished 9th after being pushed off the track at the first corner and dropping to the back of the field
»»Won the Moto2 race last year at Indianapolis despite suffering from a severe fever

26. Dani Pedrosa
Age: 25

CAREER 2011
Starts 170 (92 x MotoGP, 32 x 250, 46 x 125) 8
Wins 37 (14 x MotoGP, 15 x 250, 8 x 125) 2
Podiums 93 (52 x MotoGP, 24 x 250, 17 x 125) 5
Poles/best grid 36 (18 x MotoGP, 9 x 250, 9 x 125) 1
Last win GER/11 GER
Last podium USA/11/3rd USA/3rd
Last pole CZE/11 CZE

»»Finished 8th at Indianapolis in 2008 in his first ride using Bridgestone tyres, after having used Michelin tyres during the early part of the year
»»In 2009 Pedrosa qualified on pole and led the race until crashing on the 4th lap; he re-started at the back of the pack and eventually finished 10th
»»Last year he qualified in 5th place on the grid but won the race after taking the lead on lap seven

27. Casey Stoner
Age: 25

CAREER 2011
Starts 155 (94 x MotoGP, 31 x 250, 30 x 125) 11
Wins 36 (29 x MotoGP, 5 x 250, 2 x 125) 6
Podiums 73 (53 x MotoGP, 10 x 250, 10 x 125) 10
Poles 32 (28 x MotoGP, 2 x 250, 2 x 125) 6
Last win CZE/11 CZE
Last podium CZE/11/1st CZE/1st
Last pole GER/11 GER

»»Stoner was 4th at Indianapolis in 2008, after starting from 2nd place on the grid
»»In 2009 the Indianapolis Grand Prix was one of the three races that he missed suffering from illness
»»Last year he was 6th on the grid, equalling his worst qualifying result of the year
»»Made a bad start at Indianapolis last year and ended lap one down in 9th and then crashed on lap seven after moving up to 6th position
»»Has finished on the podium at the last nine successive races

35. Cal Crutchlow
Age: 25

CAREER 2011
Starts 10 10
Wins/best result 7th 7th/CAT
Podiums 0 0
Best grid 6th 6th x 3

»»Will be racing at the Indianapolis circuit for the first time

46. Valentino Rossi
Age: 32

CAREER 2011
Starts 252 (192 x MotoGP, 30 x 250, 30 x 125) 11
Wins/best result 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250, 12 x 125) 3rd/FRA
Podiums 175 (139 x MotoGP, 21 x 250, 15 x 125) 1
Poles/best grid 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250, 5 x 125) 6th/CZE
Last win MAL/10 -
Last podium FRA/11/3rd FRA/3rd
Last pole FRA/10 -

»»Rossi's win at Indianapolis in 2008 gave him the record for most premier-class GP victories with 69, one more than Giacomo Agostini who had held the record for 32 years
»»In 2009 Rossi crashed at turn two on lap ten, having lost the lead to Lorenzo on the previous lap
»»Crashed three times last year at Indianapolis – in FP2, in qualifying and Sunday morning warm-up
»»Finished 4th last year at Indianapolis from seventh place on the grid

58. Marco Simoncelli
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 143 (29 x MotoGP, 64 x 250, 50 x 125) 11
Wins/best result 14 (12 x 250, 2 x 125) 3rd/CZE
Podiums 30 (1 x MotoGP, 22 x 250, 7 x 125) 1
Poles 15 (2 x MotoGP, 10 x 250, 3 x 125) 2
Best MotoGP finish 3rd/CZE/11 -
Last win AUS/09 – 250cc -
Last podium CZE/11/3rd CZE
Last pole NED/11 NED

»»Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled, having qualified on pole position
»»In 2009 he won the 250cc race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix
»»Last year he qualified in 8th for the MotoGP race at Indianapolis and finished in 7th place
»»Finished 3rd at the Czech GP – his first podium in the premier-class in his 29th MotoGP start

65. Loris Capirossi
Age: 38

CAREER 2011
Starts 323 (212 x MotoGP, 84 x 250, 27 x 125) 8
Wins/best result 29 (9 x MotoGP, 12 x 250, 8 x 125) 9th/CAT
Podiums 99 (42 x MotoGP, 37 x 250, 20 x 125) 0
Poles/best grid 41 (13 x MotoGP, 23 x 250, 5 x 125) 13th/CAT
Last win JPN/07 -
Last podium CZE/08/3rd -
Last pole JPN/06 -

»»Capirossi finished 16th at Indianapolis in 2008 after being pushed wide at the first corner and dropping to the back of the field
»»In 2009 he got a bad start and finished the first lap down in 14th but battled back through the pack to eventually finish seventh
»»Last year at Indianapolis he qualified 10th on the grid and finished 11th

69. Nicky Hayden
Age: 29

CAREER 2011
Starts 145 – all MotoGP 11
Wins/best result 3 3rd/SPA
Podiums 28 1
Poles/best grid 5 7th/GBR
Last win USA/06 -
Last podium SPA/11/3rd SPA/3rd
Last pole POR/07 -

»»Hayden has twice finished on the podium at the Indianapolis Grand Prix
»»At Indianapolis in 2008 he finished second after leading the race from the second lap through to lap thirteen
»»In 2009 his third place finish at Indianapolis was his first podium riding a Ducati
»»Last year he qualified on the front row for the first time on a Ducati, but was slowed after tearing his left kneeslider off on the 3rd lap and finished sixth

Moto2 Riders Profile

3. Simone Corsi
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 138 (27 x Moto2, 16 x 250, 95 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 5 (5 x 125) 3rd/SPA
Podiums 15 (3 x Moto2, 12 x 125) 1
Poles/best grid 3 (3 x 125) (3rd in Moto2) 3rd/NED
Best Moto2 finish 3rd x 3 -
Last win VAL/08 – 125cc -
Last podium SPA/11/3rd SPA/3rd
Last pole NED/08 – 125cc -

»»Corsi's third place in the 125cc race at Indianapolis in 2009 was his only dry weather podium finish of the year
»»Was 4th on the grid for the Moto2 race last year at Indianapolis – his best qualifying result of 2010
»»Late taking up his grid position for the re-started Moto2 race last year, he started warm-up lap from pit-lane, joined the back of the grid, then battled through to finish 5th
»»Corsi is the only rider in the Moto2 class to have scored points at all of the races so far this year

12. Thomas Luthi
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 141 (27 x Moto2, 47 x 250, 67 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 5 (5 x 125) 2nd/SPA
Podiums 19 (7 x Moto2, 2 x 250cc, 10 x 125) 2
Poles/best grid 5 – 125cc (2nd in Moto2) 2nd x 2
Best Moto2 finish 2nd -
Last win FRA/06 – 125cc -
Last podium SPA/11/2nd SPA/2nd
Last pole TUR/05 – 125cc -

»»Qualified down in 14th place on the grid for the 250cc race at Indianapolis in 2009 and finished ninth
»»Finished 5th last year at Indianapolis from 17th place on the grid

15. Alex de Angelis
Age: 27

CAREER 2011
Starts 190 (38 x MotoGP, 87 x Moto2/250, 65 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 2 (1 x Moto2, 1 x 250) 3rd
Podiums 37 (1 x MotoGP, 29 x Moto2/250cc, 7 x 125) 1
Poles/best grid 10 (1x Moto2, 4 x 250, 5 x 125) 2nd/ITA
Last win AUS/10 -
Last podium GER/11/3rd GER/3rd
Last pole AUS/10 -

»»Iannone retired from the 125cc race at Indianapolis in 2008 with mechanical problems
»»He crashed out of the 125cc race in 2009 on lap 21 while battling for 8th place
»»Last year at Indianapolis he finished 4th in the Moto2 race after qualifying down in 26th place on the grid

29. Andrea Iannone
Age: 22

CAREER 2011
Starts 104 (27 x Moto2, 77 x 125) 10
Wins 9 (5 x Moto2, 4 x 125) 2
Podiums 16 (11 x Moto2, 5 x 125) 3
Poles/best grid 8 (5 x Moto2, 3 x 125) 5th/CZE
Last win CZE/11 CZE
Last podium CZE/11/1st CZE/1st
Last pole ARA/10 -

»»Finished 10th in the MotoGP race at Indianapolis in 2008
»»In 2009 he finished 2nd at Indianapolis – his only podium finish in the MotoGP class
»»He missed the Indianapolis event last year after replacing Hiroshi Aoyama at the previous three MotoGP races

38. Bradley Smith
Age: 20

CAREER 2011
Starts 90 (10 x Moto2, 80 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 3 (3 x 125cc) 2nd/GBR
Podiums 23 (3 x Moto2, 20 x 125cc) 3
Poles/best grid 9 (9 x 125cc) 3rd/ITA
Last win VAL/10 -
Last podium ITA/11/3rd ITA/3rd
Last pole POR/10 -

»»Finished 2nd in 2009 at the Indianapolis Grand Prix and set a new 125cc lap record on the final lap of the race
»»Last year at Indianapolis he crashed on lap thirteen while battling for second place

40. Aleix Espargaro
Age: 22

CAREER 2011
Starts 99 (22 x MotoGP, 54 x Moto2/250, 23 x 125) 10
Best result 3rd – Moto2 3rd/CAT
Podiums 1 (1 x Moto2) 1
Best grid 2nd – Moto2 2nd/CAT
Last podium CAT/11/3rd CAT/3rd

»»Espargaro will be making his 100th Grand Prix start
»»Made his debut in the MotoGP class at the Indianapolis GP in 2009 and finished 13th
»»Last year he was 9th in the MotoGP race at Indianapolis, just nine seconds behind Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati in 6th place

65. Stefan Bradl
Age: 21

CAREER 2011
Starts 134 (23 x Moto2, 33 x 250, 78 x 125) 6
Wins/best result 8 (8 x 125) 2nd/POR
Podiums 23 (9 x Moto2, 14 x 125) 1
Poles/best grid 10 (3 x Moto2, 7 x 125) 3rd/POR
Last win VAL/09 – 125cc -
Last podium POR/11/2nd POR/2nd
Last pole MAL/10 -

»»Finished third in the 125cc race at Indianapolis in 2008
»»Was 7th in the 125cc race in 2009 after qualifying down in 15th place on the grid
»»Last year he crashed out in the early stages of the Moto2 race at Indianapolis, re-started but pulled into the pits after a couple of laps

60. Julian Simon
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 80 (26 x Moto2, 54 x 125) 10
Wins 7 (5 x Moto2, 2 x 125) 4
Podiums 15 (9 x Moto2, 6 x 125) 8
Poles 6 (6 x Moto2) 6
Last win GBR/11 GBR
Last podium CZE/11/3rd CZE/3rd
Last pole NED/11 NED

»»He qualified on pole and finished 5th in the 125cc race at Indianapolis in 2009
»»Last year he was again on pole at Indianapolis – this time in the Moto2 class, and finished second

72. Yuki Takahashi
Age: 27

CAREER 2011
Starts 100 (7 x MotoGP, 92 x Moto2/250, 1 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 3 (1 x Moto2, 2 x 250) 2nd/FRA
Podiums 11 (4 x Moto2, 7 x 250) 2
Best grid 2nd 2nd/SPA
Last win CAT/10 -
Last podium *** ***
Last pole FRA/11/2nd FRA/2nd

»»Has only once previously raced at Indianapolis – in the Moto2 race last year, when he crashed and re-started to finish in 26th place

93. Marc Marquez
Age: 18

CAREER 2011
Starts 56 (10 x Moto2, 46 x 125) 10
Wins 14 (4 x Moto2, 10 x 125) 4
Podiums 20 (6 x Moto2, 14 x 125) 6
Poles 18 (4 x Moto2, 14 x 125) 4
Last win GER/11 GER
Last podium CZE/11/2nd CZE/2nd
Last pole CZE/11 CZE

»»Finished 6th in the 125cc class at Indianapolis in both 2008 and 2009
»»Last year he crashed while in the lead, re-started and crossed the line 5th but was given a 20-second penalty for cutting the track, demoting him to tenth
»»Marquez has finished either first or second in all six Moto2 races that he has finished this year

125cc Riders Profile

5. Johann Zarco
Age: 21

CAREER 2011
Starts 43 (43 x 125) 10
Best result 2nd 2nd x 4
Podiums 6 6
Poles 1 1
Last podium CZE/11/2nd CZE/2nd
Last pole ITA/11 ITA

»»Crashed out of the 125cc race at Indianapolis in 2008, re-started and finished 23rd
»»Finished 13th last year at Indianapolis after getting a bad start and ending the first lap down in 24th position

7. Efren Vazquez
Age: 24

CAREER 2011
Starts 68 (10 x 250, 58 x 125) 10
Best result 2nd – 125cc 3rd/FRA
Podiums 3 1
Best grid 3rd – 125cc 3rd/QAT
Last podium FRA/11/3rd FRA/3rd

11. Sandro Cortese
Age: 21

CAREER 2011
Starts 109 (109 x 125) 10
Wins 1 1
Podiums 8 3
Poles 3 1
Last win CZE/11 CZE
Last podium CZE/11/1st CZE/1st
Last pole SPA/11 SPA

»»Finished 5th at Indianapolis in 2008 from 10th place on the grid
»»In 2009 he finished 18th at Indianapolis after crashing on the first lap and re-starting at the back of the field
»»He had his best result of 2010 at Indianapolis, finishing in 2nd place

18. Nicolas Terol
Age: 22

CAREER 2011
Starts 105 (105 x 125) 9
Wins/best result 10 5
Podiums 29 6
Poles 6 5
Last win ITA/11 ITA
Last podium ITA/11/1st ITA/1st
Last pole CZE/11 CZE

»»Took his first ever Grand Prix victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in 2008
»»In 2009 he led the race for the first 21 laps, but lost out in the final couple of laps to eventually finish fourth
»»Last year he won for a second time at Indianapolis, with a five second gap over second place finisher Cortese

25. Maverick Vinales
Age: 16

CAREER 2011
Starts 10 (10 x 125) 10
Wins 2 2
Podiums 5 5
Poles 3 3
Last win NED/11 NED
Last podium GER/11/3rd GER/3rd
Last pole GER/11 GER

»»Will be racing for the first time at the Indianapolis circuit

33. Sergio Gadea
Age: 26

CAREER 2011
Starts 129 (17 x Moto2, 112 x 125) 10
Wins/best result 3 (3 x 125) 3rd x 2
Podiums 18 (1 x Moto2, 17 x 125) 2
Poles/best grid 2 (2 x 125) 3rd/ITA
Last win NED/09 -
Last podium NED/11/3rd NED/3rd
Last pole FRA/08 -

»»Finished 18th in the 125cc race at Indianapolis in 2008 and 15th in 2009
»»Last year he was 6th in the Moto2 race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix

55. Hector Faubel
Age: 28

CAREER 2011
Starts 158 (17 x Moto2, 79 x 250cc, 62 x 125) 10
Wins 8 (8 x 125) 1
Podiums 24 (1 x 250, 23 x 125) 2
Poles/best grid 2 (2 x 125) 2nd x 3
Last win GER/11 GER
Last podium GER/11/1st GER/1st
Last pole MAL/07 -

»»Finished 8th in the 250cc race at Indianapolis in 2009
»»Qualified in 2nd place on the grid last year in the Moto2 race at Indianapolis, but had a big highside crash in which his bike spilled out fuel across the track and caught fire

94. Jonas Folger
Age: 18

CAREER 2011
Starts 46 (46 x 125) 9
Wins 1 1
Podiums 4 3
Best grid 3rd 5th/FRA
Last win GBR/11 GBR
Last podium GBR/11/1st GBR/1st

»»He finished 9th in the 125cc class at Indianapolis last year – the best results from three GP starts at the circuit

Casey Stoner one GP win behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa
Casey Stoner's victory at the Czech Grand Prix means he is now has just one GP win less, across all classes, than his two great rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Despite all these three riders still being in their mid-twenties, they are already among the top fifteen riders of all-time in terms of Grand Prix wins, as shown in the following table:

RIDERS WITH MOST GRAND PRIX VICTORIES (ALL SOLO CLASSES)

RIDER TOTAL WINS MotoGP/500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 80/50cc
1 Giacomo Agostini 122 68 54
2 Valentino Rossi 105 79 14 12
3 Angel Nieto 90 62 28
4 Mike Hailwood 76 37 16 21 2
5 Mick Doohan 54 54
6 Phil Read 52 11 4 27 10
7 Jim Redman 45 2 21 18 4
8 Max Biaggi 42 13 29
Anton Mang 42 8 33 1
10 Carlo Ubbiali 39 13 26
11 John Surtees 38 22 15 1
12 Jorge Lorenzo 37 16 17 4
Jorge Martinez 37 15 22
Dani Pedrosa 37 14 15 8
15 Casey Stoner 36 29 5 2

Casey Stoner compared to Mick Doohan
Since moving to the Repsol Honda squad, Casey Stoner has been regularly compared to Mick Doohan, who won four of his five world titles riding in the Repsol colours. Casey Stoner has now started 94 MotoGP races, and it is interesting to compare his statistics at this stage in his career with those of Mick Doohan after he had competed in 94 premier- class races; that is up to the Japanese GP in 1996.

The background of the two riders before entering the premier-class of Grand Prix racing was very different. Mick Doohan served his apprenticeship riding Superbikes in Australia, rather than the current more popular route of competing in the smaller classes at Grand Prix level before moving up to MotoGP. When Doohan arrived in GP racing he went straight into the Honda factory team, whereas Casey Stoner competed for a year on a satellite Honda in the LCR team in 2006, before moving to the Ducati factory team in 2007.

The performance of the two riders, as shown in the following table, is very similar. Stoner has had a greater number of wins at this stage of their relative careers, where Doohan has slightly better statistics in podiums, poles and average points per start.

One interesting fact related to the careers of both riders, is that when Mick Doohan was at Casey Stoner’s current age, he had just a single victory to his name in Grand Prix racing.

STATISTICS FOR MICK DOOHAN AND CASEY STONER AFTER 94 PREMIER-CLASS STARTS

Wins Podiums Pole positions Points per start (adjusted to current scoring system)
Casey Stoner 29 53 28 15.20
Mick Doohan 27 58 31 15.99

Best year for Honda in 800cc era

This year is proving to be Honda’s best since the introduction of the 800cc capacity limit in MotoGP. This is illustrated below by some statistics on the milestones and records that Honda have had so far in 2011:

· Casey Stoner's pole in Qatar was the first for Honda at the Losail circuit since Stoner was on pole there on his non-factory Honda in 2006.
· Qatar was the first time that Honda riders have taken the top two qualifying places in the MotoGP class since the Grand Prix of Valencia in 2005, when Sete Gibernau was on pole and Marco Melandri was second on the grid.
· Casey Stoner's win at Qatar was the first for Honda in the opening race of the year since Valentino Rossi at Suzuka in 2003.
· Stoner's win in Qatar was the first Honda victory at the circuit since Sete Gibernau won in 2004 on the 990cc RC211V.
· Pedrosa's win at the Portuguese GP was the first for Honda at the Estoril circuit during the 800cc era of MotoGP.
· Stoner's victory at the French GP was the first in MotoGP for a Honda rider at Le Mans since Marco Melandri in 2006.
· With Pedrosa's win at Estoril and Stoner's at Le Mans and Catalunya, Honda had three successive MotoGP victories for the first time in the 800cc era of MotoGP.
· With his victory at Silverstone, Stoner became the first Honda rider to win three successive MotoGP races since Valentino Rossi in 2003 on the 990cc machine.
· At the Czech GP Honda riders filled all three podium places in a MotoGP race for the first time since the US GP at Laguna Seca in 2006.
· Stoner's victory at Brno was also the first for a Honda rider at the Czech GP since Sete Gibernau in 2004.
· Honda riders have taken eight victories from the first eleven races of 2011, which is already their best season so far in the 800cc era and equals the number of wins achieved by Honda in 2006, the final season of the 990cc era of MotoGP.
· Honda are just 15 points below the maximum possible score in the constructors championship after the first eleven races of the year.

Aprilia take 11 successive 125cc wins

Sandro Cortese’s victory at Brno was the 11th successive win for Aprilia in the 125cc class. This is just one less than the longest sequence of successive wins previously achieved by Aprilia in the 125cc class, as shown in the following list.

NUMBER OF SUCCESSIVE WINS BY MANUFACTURER IN THE 125CC CLASS
19: Honda – 1990/91
17: Honda – 1992/93
13: Minarelli – 1978/79
12: Honda – 1961/62
Aprilia – 2008/09
11: Garelli – 1986/89
Aprilia – 2010/11

Grand Prix starts to first win

Sandro Cortese took his maiden GP victory at Brno in what was his 109th Grand Prix start, all of which have been in the 125cc class. This is a record for the number of 125cc GP race starts to the first Grand Prix win in the 125cc class. The table below shows the five riders who have competed in the greatest number of 125cc GP races before taking their first GP win in the class.

RIDER GP DEBUT FIRST WIN NUMBER OF 125cc GP STARTS TO FIRST 125cc GP WIN
1. Sandro Cortese Spa/2005/Jerez Cze/2011/Brno 109
2. Steve Jenkner Mal/1997/Shah Alam Ned/2003/Assen 98
3. Pablo Nieto Cat/1998/Catalunya Por/2003/Estoril 75
4. Gabor Talmacsi Cze/2000/Brno Ita/2005/Mugello 69
5. Gianluigi Scalvini Ita/1993/Misano Val/1999/Valencia 64

Grand Prix racing numbers

329 – The total accumulated number of Grand Prix victories for the seventeen riders lining up on the grid for the MotoGP race at the Czech Grand Prix. This takes the record for greatest number of accumulated GP victories for riders on the grid for a GP race, from the San Marino GP last year when the riders on the grid had an accumulated total of 328 GP victories.

100 – At the Indianapolis Grand Prix, Aleix Espargaro will be making his 100th GP start. Espargaro made his GP debut at the age of fifteen as a wild-card rider in the 125cc class at the final race of 2004 in Valencia. He became a full time GP rider from 2005, first in the 125cc class and then moving up to the 250cc class half way through 2006. After continuing in the 250cc class for 2007 & 2008 he missed the first half of the 2009 season as he had not secured a GP ride but he returned to compete in two 250cc races before ending the season riding a Ducati in MotoGP. After a full season of MotoGP in 2010 he dropped down to the Moto2 class for this year, taking his first GP podium finish at the Catalan GP earlier in the year.

27 – Kenan Sofuoglu celebrates his 27th birthday on the day before first practice starts for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

24 – Andrea Iannone's win at the Czech GP was the first win by an Italian rider since Iannone himself won at the second event of the year at Jerez – 24 races across all classes without an Italian winner. This is the longest gap between GP wins by Italian riders since Luca Cadalora won the 250cc race in Brazil in 1989 which followed 30 races without an Italian win from Pier-Francesco Chili's victory in the 500cc race at Misano earlier in 1989.

23 years – On race day in Indianapolis it will be exactly 23 years ago that Jorge Martinez won both the 125cc and 80cc race at the 1988 Czech GP at Brno. This is the last occasion that a rider has taken two GP victories on the same day.

22 – Valentino Rossi has scored points in all 22 MotoGP races since returning from injury at the German Grand Prix last year.

19 – This will be the 19th occasion that there has been a motorcycle Grand Prix held in the USA. The first two events in 1964 and 1965 were held at the famous Daytona circuit. 13 GP events have taken place at the Laguna Seca circuit and this is the fourth to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

8th – Simone Grotzkyj's eighth place finish at Brno is the best result in the 125cc class for an Italian rider so far in 2011.

3 – Indianapolis is one of just three current circuits at which Casey Stoner has not had a MotoGP victory; the others are Jerez and Estoril.

3 – At the Czech GP, Sandro Cortese became the third different German rider to win a GP this year, joining Stefan Bradl and Jonas Folger. The last time that Germany had three different GP winners in a single season was 1991, when Helmut Bradl won in the 250cc class and both Ralf Waldmann and Peter Öttl won in the 125cc class.

2nd – Johann Zarco has finished second at the last three 125cc races to three different riders with the time differences separating him from the winner being less than 0.4 seconds in each case. He was 0.167 seconds behind Terol at Mugello, finished with the same time as Faubel at the Sachsenring and was 0.397 seconds behind Cortese at Brno.