Friday, July 15, 2011

Rossi to make 250th grand prix start

This Sunday's German Grand Prix will see Valentino Rossi make his 250th grand prix start, across all classes. 

Up to crashing and breaking his leg in practice for last year's Italian Grand Prix, Rossi had made 230 successive starts; an all-time record.

Rossi will become just the sixth rider in the history of motorcycle grand prix racing to reach the 250-starts milestone, as shown in the following table.

The nine-time world champion is currently enduring his longest losing streak in grand prix racing, having gone eleven consecutive races without a victory. 

Rossi's first ever grand prix, at the 1996 125cc Brno race, came in his eleventh start.

Loris Capirossi, who holds the all-time record for GP starts, is due to return from injury this weekend. 

Rossi, Capirossi and Randy de Puniet are the only riders in the top 15 start list to still be competing in grand prix. 

Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri are also still racing at world championship level and now battling for the World Superbike title.

1. Loris Capirossi 321 GP starts
2. Alex Barros 276
3. Jack Findlay 275
4. Bruno Kneubühler 263
5. Angel Nieto 263
6. Valentino Rossi 249
7. Chas Mortimer 233
8. Giacomo Agostini 231
9. Roberto Locatelli 224
10. Stefan Dorflinger 223
11. Carlos Checa 222
12. Max Biaggi 214
13. Phil Read 212
14. Randy de Puniet 208
15. Marco Melandri 207

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