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German MotoGP: Valentino Rossi sets records with Assen win

Seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi's victory in the Dutch TT at Assen, his first win since October 2010, set a number of new records and milestones:

• Rossi now has the longest premier-class winning career of all-time. Rossi's first victory was at Donington Park in 2000 which, at 12 years and 355 days to Assen, beats the 11 years and 204 days of Alex Barros.

• Rossi has now won in the premier-class on five different motorcycles: 500cc Honda, 990cc Honda, 990cc Yamaha, 800cc Yamaha and 1000cc Yamaha.

• Rossi's win at Assen ended a sequence of 44 races where he has not stood on the top step of the podium. Prior to this Rossi had never made more than nine starts in the premier-class without a win.

• Rossi's win also ended a 44-race sequence for Italy without a win in the premier-class – the longest barren spell for Italian riders in the premier-class since Luca Cadalora ended a 62 race sequence without an Italian winner at the 1993 British GP.

• Rossi's win means the total number of points scored during his grand prix career so far is... 4646!

• And now one milestone Rossi might not like - at 34 years of age, he is now the fourth oldest rider to have won during the four-stroke MotoGP era (2002 onwards) after: Troy Bayliss, Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi.

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Jack Mordino

July 11, 2013 2:29 AM

Although the "GOAT" is a title a tad too high to give to any athlete in any sport, i cannot but admit that his long enduring dedication and love for the sport, his love for the fans and the show, his enthusiasm and passion for motorcycling, his passion for racing (and not just for riding or just for winning!) his perseverence and determination, his high spirit and positive ountlook and energy truly put him in the pantheon of the greatest, not only for motorcycling but for sports in general. He's up there with Pele, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods or Roger Federer. A shining ambassador for his sport, a man who showed that solemn determination isn't the only way to go but managed to add joy and fun to the ultra focused world of motorsports. A flamboyant personality which never forgot to whom the show was directed to and who made all of it meaningful: The fans. He has my deep respect and will always be an inspiration to me.

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