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Rossi set to go second on-time start list

Valentino Rossi on target to set new 500cc/MotoGP start record by end of present Yamaha contract, moves top of podium-seasons list.
This weekend's inaugural MotoGP of the Americas should see Valentino Rossi move into second position on the all-time premier-class start list.

Rossi, currently level with compatriot Loris Capirossi, made his premier-class debut in the opening 500cc race of the 2000 season at the Welkom circuit in South Africa. This year is his 14th in the top category of motorcycle grand prix racing.

The Italian's present Yamaha MotoGP contract runs until the end of the 2014 season, by which time Rossi should easily overtake record holder Alex Barros.

The following table shows the ten riders with the most premier-class starts. Rossi is one of three riders on the list, alongside Americans Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden, still racing in MotoGP.

Meanwhile, Rossi's second place at the Qatar Grand Prix means he has now claimed at least one podium for 14 successive seasons in the premier-class. A new record. Giacomo Agostini managed at least one podium for 13 successive seasons.

500cc/MotoGP starts:
1 Alex Barros 245
=2. Loris Capirossi 217
=2. Valentino Rossi 217
4 Carlos Checa 194
5 Colin Edwards 169
6 Nicky Hayden 168
7 Kenny Roberts Jr. 167
8 Sete Gibernau 160
9 Jack Findlay 157
10 Randy Mamola 145

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The one - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 5:50 PM

This guy is a record machine, I'm not a fan or follower of the man I follow the sport, I'm what they call a speed junkie, but I can see why so many in here try to put this guy down. There's only one word to describe it ENVY. You see people are always rooting for the underdog, and when the underdog finally manages to come out on top they fell vindicated. But the reality is you just can't help but admire the guy for what he is a true champion.


April 17, 2013 3:32 PM

I miss seeing Sete Gibernau, Loris Capirossi, Alex Barros & Carlos Checa taking the fight to Rossi all those years ago. In my opinion the golden age of MotoGP. Also miss that old Yellow Nastro Azzurro Honda, beautiful looking bike.

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