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700th premier-class grand prix.

The MotoGP riders will have a little extra motivation for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, since it will mark the 700th premier-class race since the world championships began in 1949.

From 1949-2001 the premier-class consisted of 500cc machines, with the capacity increased to 990cc for four-strokes in 2002.

That change only lasted five years, with the capacity then cut to 800cc at the start of 2007.

The landmark race winners since 1949 are listed below:

Race 1: June 1949 - Great Britain, IOM TT
The first 500cc GP is won by Harold Daniell riding a factory Norton.

Race 100: August 1962 - East Germany, Sachsenring
Mike Hailwood (MV Agusta) wins the 100th race in the premier-class.

Race 200: June 1972 - Dutch TT, Assen
Giacomo Agostini wins the 200th race riding an MV Agusta.

Race 300: August 1981 - Sweden, Anderstorp
Barry Sheene wins the 300th GP riding a Yamaha, this race remains the most recent premier-class win by a British rider.

Race 400: July 1989 - France, Le Mans
Eddie Lawson riding a Honda wins the 400th GP in the premier-class.

Race 500: September 1996 - Italy, Imola
Mick Doohan (Honda) takes victory in a race cut short due to a rain shower.

Race 600: May 2003 - France, Le Mans
Sete Gibernau wins after a great battle with fellow Honda rider Valentino Rossi in a shortened race after the race had been stopped due to rain.

Race 700: April 2009 - Motegi, Japan
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Racefan - Unregistered

April 23, 2009 10:29 AM

Wise up "Crash", it is most certainly not the 700th "Moto GP"! "Moto GP" was a crappy marketing name attached to the premier class of motorcycle grand prix racing by Dorna as part of their (extremely flawed) strategy to turn our beloved sport into a world wide media success similar to F1. It's bad enough that we have to put up with it now but even worse that you try to apply it retrospectively to sixty odd years of our motorcycle racing heritage most of it as far removed from todays farce as you could ever imagine.



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