When to push:
Rossi only set 5 fastest laps this season. His average fastest lap ranking in a race was 2nd and the average location of his fastest lap was at 39.3% race distance. The earliest Rossi delivered his fastest race lap was on lap 2 (of 21) at Sepang and the latest lap 18 (of 22) at Shanghai.
Straight line speed:
Rossi's average top speed ranking over a grand prix weekend during the 2008 season was 6th. Rossi didn't set the highest top speed at any of the 18 rounds, with his best top speed ranking being 3rd (three times) and his lowest 10th (Motegi).
Rivals getting faster?
On average, Rossi was ranked 5th in terms of weekend top speed during the first half of the 2008 season, but slipped to an average of 7th during the second half, suggesting rival machines made greater gains as the year went on.
Yamaha vs. Yamaha:
Rossi was the top qualifying Yamaha rider at only 8 rounds, but finished as the top Yamaha race rider at 15 of the 18 rounds. Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo
was the highest placed Yamaha rider at Qatar and Estoril, with Tech 3's Colin Edwards
leading the M1 challenge at Assen.
Bridgestone vs. Bridgestone:
Rossi was the top qualifying Bridgestone rider at 5 rounds and was the top Bridgestone race rider at 12 of the 18 rounds.
Races to spare:
Rossi's end of season championship winning margin was 93 points over Casey Stoner, equivalent to nearly four race wins.
For comparison, Rossi won the 2005 title by 147 points (over Marco Melandri), the 2004 title by 47 points (over Sete Gibernau), the 2003 title by 80 points (over Sete Gibernau), the 2002 title by 140 points (over Max Biaggi) and the 2001 title by 106 points (over Max Biaggi).
Six to one:
Rossi's record breaking 373 points was more than the combined total of the lowest six (full time) riders in the 2008 world championship - Sylvain Guintoli
(67), Alex de Angelis
(63), Randy de Puniet
(61), John Hopkins
(57), Marco Melandri
(51) and Anthony West
Points mean prizes:
Rossi was the only rider to score points in every race this season. Andrea Dovizioso, Shinya Nakano
and Sylvain Guintoli
scored points in all but one round.
One man band?
Rossi contributed 341 points to Yamaha's 2008 constructors' championship total of 402 and his 373 riders' points made up the majority of Fiat Yamaha's teams' championship total of 563.