This weekend's British Grand Prix at Donington Park will be the last before a 2010 switch to Silverstone.
Donington Park has hosted the British MotoGP round every year since 1987. Below are some facts and figures from the previous Donington events.
– The highest recorded top speed at Donington achieved by Loris Capirossi
in the MotoGP race in 2004 riding the 990cc Ducati.
– There have been 67 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles held at the Donington circuit.
– Honda are the most successful manufacturer at Donington with 27 victories across all classes, the first of which was in the 250cc race with Toni Mang in 1987.
– Italy have been the most successful nation at Donington with 27 wins.
– This year's event is the 23rd consecutive year that the British Grand Prix has been held at the Donington Park circuit. The only current venue with a longer unbroken sequence of hosting Grand Prix events is Assen.
– Loris Capirossi
is the rider who has made the most Grand Prix starts at Donington with 17, followed by Alex
Barros and Max Biaggi each with 15.
15 years 170 days
– Last year at Donington Scott Redding became the youngest ever rider to win a Grand Prix race, taking the record from Marco Melandri
who is the only other rider to have won a GP before reaching his 16th birthday.
- Ron Haslam finished 12th on the rotary Norton in the 500cc race at Donington in 1991 – the last ever points scored by the historic British motorcycle manufacturer who won the first ever 500cc world championship race in 1949.
– The largest margin of victory in a premier-class race at Donington achieved by Casey Stoner
from Colin Edwards
– Honda have won ten premier-class GP races at Donington, which is more than any other manufacturer.
- Neil Hodgson's 10th place finish on a Ducati in 2004 is the best result for a British rider at Donington on a four-stroke MotoGP machine.
- Valentino Rossi
is the most successful rider across all Grand Prix classes at Donington with seven victories (1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc, 2 x 500cc, 3 x MotoGP.