Italian Riders enjoying a great year in MotoGP™ | Valentino Rossi Blog

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Italian Riders enjoying a great year in MotoGP™

The MotoGP™ race at Silverstone resulted in an all-Italian podium, continuing the great year for Italian riders in the MotoGP™ class.
  • Valentino Rossi has already had four wins this season, which is the highest number of victories in a season for Italian riders since 2009 when Rossi took six wins and Andrea Dovizioso also had a MotoGP™ victory.
  • The race at Silverstone was the second MotoGP™ race this year that has resulted in an all-Italian podium. The other was in the opening race of the year in Qatar, which was the first all-Italian podium in MotoGP™ since Motegi 2006.
  • Four different Italian riders have appeared on the podium in MotoGP™ this year, the greatest number of Italian riders finishing on the MotoGP™ podium in a single season since 2005, when Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri. Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi all had podium finishes.
  • With twenty podium finishes in 2015, with six races remaining, it is already the most successful year for Italian riders in terms of MotoGP™ podium finishes since 2006 when Italian riders had a total of 25 podium finishes over the season (Rossi – 10, Capirossi – 8 and Melandri – 7).
  • Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone have all started from pole this season.  The last time that Italy had three different riders start from pole in the premier-class in a single season was in 2003 (Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi).

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