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Spanish riders struggle to win from pole.

At last weekend's Indianapolis Grand Prix the two Spanish riders who qualified on pole - Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP and Julian Simon in 125cc - once again failed to win the race.

It was the latest example of Spanish riders dominating pole positions this season, but without converting them into race wins:

Spanish riders have taken 19 pole positions across the three GP classes so far this year, from the 34 races that have taken place.

On only one occasion in 2009 has a Spanish rider gone on to win the race from pole position - Simon at the 125cc German Grand Prix.

That is just 5% of wins from pole for Spanish riders this year against an overall average of more than 40% of riders on pole who go on to win the race.

The last Spanish rider to win from pole in the 250cc class was Alvaro Bautista at the 2008 Dutch TT - since then Spanish riders have started from pole on eight occasions in the 250cc class without winning a race.

In the MotoGP class, the last Spanish rider to win from pole was Jorge Lorenzo in Portugal 2008. Since then Spanish riders have started from MotoGP pole on nine occasions without going on to win.



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Start, Indianapolis MotoGP 2009
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Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
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Bautista, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
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Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

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racing DNA - Unregistered

September 03, 2009 11:31 AM

so are they strong enough to win races without pole positions?!? or they dont have the balls to dominate the races as well though they're in pole positions?!? this article also shows that Moto GP is less of a one man show these days dominating the entire weekend. where is Puig hiding?

Richard Mushet

September 03, 2009 11:40 AM

Yet Simon and Lorenzo have won from elsewhere on the grid. Maybe it's no longer such a big psychological edge to be on pole nowadays. Just look at Stuart 'Holeshot' Easton in BSB this season and Corser at Brno.



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