**Wins, Podiums, Poles and Fastest Laps.***The stats that matter most. Ranking by championship order.*

1.**Valentino Rossi:** **9** (wins) **16** (podiums) **2** (poles) **5** ('laps)

2.**Casey Stoner:** **6** (wins) **11** (podiums) **9** (poles) **9** ('laps)

3.**Dani Pedrosa:** **2** (wins) **11** (podiums) **2** (poles) **2** ('laps)

4.**Jorge Lorenzo:** **1** (wins) **6** (podiums) **4** (poles) **1** ('laps)

5.**Andrea Dovizioso:** **0** (wins) **1** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

6.**Nicky Hayden:** **0** (wins) **2** (podiums) **0** (poles) **1** ('laps)

7.**Colin Edwards:** **0** (wins) **2** (podiums) **1** (poles) **0** ('laps)

8.**Chris Vermeulen:** **0** (wins) **2** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

9.**Shinya Nakano:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

10.**Loris Capirossi:** **0** (wins) **1** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

11.**James Toseland:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

12.**Toni Elias:** **0** (wins) **2** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

13.**Sylvain Guintoli:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

14.**Alex de Angelis:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

15.**Randy de Puniet:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

16.**John Hopkins:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

17.**Marco Melandri:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

18.**Anthony West:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

**Summary:****Most race wins:** Valentino Rossi (9)**Most podiums:** Valentino Rossi (16)**Most poles:** Casey Stoner (9)**Most fastest laps:** Casey Stoner (9)**Number of different race winners:** 4**Number of different podium finishers:** 10**Number of different pole position qualifiers:** 5**Number of different riders with a fastest lap:** 5

**How close was the competition?***Closest, largest and average figures for pole position, race victory, top 3 and top 10.*

Closest 2008 pole position: **0.032sec** (Stoner - Assen)

Largest 2008 pole position: **1.189sec** (Stoner - Brno)

Average 2008 pole margin: **0.328sec**

Average 2007 pole margin: **0.215sec**

Closest 2008 race victory: **1.817sec** (Lorenzo - Estoril)

Largest 2008 race victory: **15.004sec** (Rossi - Brno)

Average 2008 victory margin: **5.428sec**

Average 2007 victory margin: **5.748sec**

Closest 2008 top 3 finish: **3.343sec** (Pedrosa, Rossi, Stoner - Catalunya)

Largest 2008 top 3 finish: **26.609sec** (Rossi, Stoner, Vermeulen - Laguna Seca)

Average 2008 top 3 finish: **11.041sec**

Average 2007 top 3 finish: **11.041sec** (the same!)

Closest 2008 top 10 finish: **25.516sec** (Sepang)

Largest 2008 top 10 finish: **89.275sec** (Sachsenring)

Average 2008 top 10 finish: **40.356sec**

Average 2007 top 10 finish: **44.788sec**

**Best and worst race finish.***Best and worst race finish of the year for each rider, not including DNFs. Ranking order decided by best race finish, then worst.*

1.**Jorge Lorenzo:** 1st - 10th

2.**Valentino Rossi:** 1st - 11th

3.**Dani Pedrosa:** 1st - 15th

4.**Casey Stoner:** 1st - 16th*

5.**Nicky Hayden:** 2nd - 13th

6. **Toni Elias:** 2nd - 18th

7.**Andrea Dovizioso:** 3rd - 9th

8.**Colin Edwards:** 3rd - 15th

9.**Loris Capirossi:** 3rd - 16th

10.**Chris Vermeulen:** 3rd - 17th

=11.**Shinya Nakano:** 4th - 17th

=11.**Alex de Angelis:** 4th - 17th

13.**John Hopkins:** 5th - 14th

14.**Anthony West:** 5th - 17th

15.**Marco Melandri:** 5th - 19th

=16.**Sylvain Guintoli:** 6th - 16th

=16. **Randy de Puniet:** 6th - 16th

18.**James Toseland:** 6th - 18th

*Stoner was credited with 16th place at Le Mans, despite finishing two laps down due to a technical problem. His next worst finish was 6th position and would have placed him top of the list.

**Best and worst qualifying.***Best and worst qualifying positions of the year. Ranking order decided by best qualifying, then worst.*

1.**Casey Stoner:** 1st - 9th

=2.**Valentino Rossi:** 1st - 12th

=2.**Dani Pedrosa:** 1st - 12th

4.**Colin Edwards:** 1st - 15th

5.**Jorge Lorenzo:** 1st - 17th

6.**James Toseland:** 2nd - 16th

7.**Loris Capirossi:** 3rd - 13th

8.**Chris Vermeulen:** 3rd - 15th

9.**Nicky Hayden:** 3rd - 16th

10.**John Hopkins:** 3rd - 17th

=11. **Andrea Dovizioso:** 4th - 14th

=11. **Randy de Puniet:** 4th - 14th

=13. **Toni Elias:** 5th - 18th

=13.**Alex de Angelis:** 5th - 18th

15.**Anthony West:** 6th - 19th

16.**Shinya Nakano:** 8th - 17th

17.**Sylvain Guintoli:** 10th - 18th

18.**Marco Melandri:** 11th - 18th

**Factory v Satellite.***Wins, podiums, poles and fastest laps for factory riders compared with satellite riders. Factory riders were classed as those riding for a factory team.*

**Factory riders:** **18** (wins) **49** (podiums) **17** (poles) **18** ('laps)**Satellite riders:** **0** (wins) **5** (podiums) **1** (poles) **0** ('laps)

Average qualifying position for the top satellite rider in a 2008 grand prix: **4th**

Average race position for the top satellite rider at a 2008 grand prix: **4th**

Average time difference between the top factory rider and the top satellite rider during 2008 qualifying: **0.623sec**

In 2007: **0.713sec**

Average time difference between the top factory rider and the top satellite rider at the end of a 2008 race: **17.611sec**

In 2007: **19.462sec**

**Top satellite rider in 2008 qualifying:**

1. **Colin Edwards:** 10 times

2. **Randy de Puniet:** 5 times

3. **James Toseland:** 2 times

4. **Alex de Angelis:** 1 time

=5. **Andrea Dovizioso:** 0

=5. **Toni Elias:** 0

=5. **Shinya Nakano:** 0

=5. **Sylvain Guintoli:** 0

**Top satellite rider in 2008 races:**

=1. **Colin Edwards:** 6 times

=1. **Andrea Dovizioso:** 6 times

=3. **Toni Elias:** 2 times

=3. **Alex de Angelis:** 2 times

=5. **Shinya Nakano:** 1 time

=5. **James Toseland:** 1 time

=7. **Randy de Puniet:** 0

=7. **Sylvain Guintoli:** 0

**DNFs.***'To finish first, first you must finish'. This is the number of times a rider failed to reach the finish in 2008. 0 means a rider finished every race he started. Ranking by least DNFs, then number of race starts.*

=1.**Valentino Rossi:** 0

=1.**Shinya Nakano:** 0

=1.**Sylvain Guintoli:** 0

=4.**Andrea Dovizioso:** 1

=4. **Toni Elias:** 1

=4.**Anthony West:** 1

=7.**Loris Capirossi:** 1*

=7.**Nicky Hayden:** 1*

=9.**Casey Stoner:** 2

=9.**Colin Edwards:** 2

=9.**Chris Vermeulen:** 2

=9.**James Toseland:** 2

=9.**Marco Melandri:** 2

=14.**Dani Pedrosa:** 2*

15.**John Hopkins:** 3*

16.**Jorge Lorenzo:** 4*

=17.**Alex de Angelis:** 5

=17. **Randy de Puniet:** 5

* Did not take part in all 18 rounds.

**Average race v Average qualifying.***Who raced better than they qualified? Who went backwards after the red lights went out? The average qualifying position compared with the average race position (average points per race) for each rider is shown below. Ranking by race, then qualifying average.*

Key: (R) = average race, (Q) = average qualifying.

1.**Valentino Rossi:** 2nd (R) - 4th (Q)

2.**Casey Stoner:** 3rd (R) - 2nd (Q)

3.**Dani Pedrosa:** 3rd (R) - 4th (Q)

4.**Jorge Lorenzo:** 5th (R) - 5th (Q)

5.**Nicky Hayden:** 6th (R) - 5th (Q)

6. **Andrea Dovizioso:** 6th (R) - 10th (Q)

7.**Colin Edwards:** 8th (R) - 6th (Q)

8.**Chris Vermeulen:** 9th (R) - 10th (Q)

9.**Loris Capirossi:** 9th (R) - 10th (Q)

10.**Shinya Nakano:** 9th (R) - 11th (Q)

11.**James Toseland:** 10th (R) - 9th (Q)

12. **Toni Elias:** 11th (R) - 13th (Q)

13.**John Hopkins:** 12th (R) - 12th (Q)

14.**Alex de Angelis:** 12th (R) - 13th (Q)

15.**Sylvain Guintoli:** 12th (R) - 15th (Q)

16. **Randy de Puniet:** 13th (R) - 7th (Q)

=17.**Anthony West:** 13th (R) - 16th (Q)

=17.**Marco Melandri:** 13th (R) - 16th (Q)

**First half v Second half.***Who improved as the 18-round season went on? Whose year went downhill? Points scored by each rider during the first nine races, compared with the last nine races. Ranking by difference in points.*

* Rider: First nine rounds/Last nine rounds (Difference):*

1.**Valentino Rossi:** 167/206 **(+39)**

2. **Toni Elias:** 33/59 **(+26)**

3.**Sylvain Guintoli:** 24/43 ** (+19)**

4.**Anthony West:** 16/34 **+18)**

5. **Randy de Puniet:** 22/39 **(+17)**

=6.**Andrea Dovizioso:** 79/95 **(+16)**

=6.**Loris Capirossi:** 51/67 **(+16)** *

8.**Nicky Hayden:** 70/85 **(+15)** *

9.**Chris Vermeulen:** 57/71 **(+14)**

10.**Alex de Angelis:** 25/38 **(+13)**

11. **Shinya Nakano:** 57/69 **(+12)**

12.**Casey Stoner:** 142/138 **(-4)**

13.**John Hopkins:** 32/25 **(-7)** *

14.**Marco Melandri:** 32/19 **(-13)**

15.**James Toseland:** 60/45 **(-15)**

16.**Jorge Lorenzo:** 114/76 **(-38)** *

17.**Colin Edwards:** 98/46 **(-52)**

18.**Dani Pedrosa:** 171/78 **(-93)** *

* Did not take part in all 18 rounds.

**Team-mate v Team-mate***Team-mate vs. team-mate in terms of who finished higher in qualifying and race results. Only events where both riders were present are included. If both riders failed to finish, both received 0. Ranking by greatest difference, shown in brackets.*

1. **Ducati Marlboro:***Qualifying:* Stoner 18 - Melandri 0 (18)*Race:* Stoner 15 - Melandri 3 (12)

2. **Honda Gresini:****Qualifying:* Nakano 14 - de Angelis 4 (10)*Race:* Nakano 15 - de Angelis 3 (12)

3. **Kawasaki Racing:***Qualifying:* Hopkins 15 - West 1 (14)*Race:* Hopkins 8 - West 7 (1)

4. **Repsol Honda:*****Qualifying:* Pedrosa 11 - Hayden 5 (6)*Race:* Pedrosa 12 - Hayden 3 (9)

5. **Fiat Yamaha:******Qualifying:* Rossi 10 - Lorenzo 7 (3)*Race:* Rossi 14 - Lorenzo 3 (11)

6. **Alice Team:***Qualifying:* Elias 14 - Guintoli 4 (10)*Race:* Elias 10 - Guintoli 8 (2)

7. **Tech 3 Yamaha:***Qualifying:* Edwards 13 - Toseland 5 (8)*Race:* Edwards 11 - Toseland 8 (3)

8. **Rizla Suzuki:***Qualifying:* Capirossi 10 - Vermeulen 6 (4)*Race:* Capirossi 9 - Vermeulen 7 (2)

*JiR Team Scot and LCR Honda were one-rider teams*

* Nakano was given a factory spec bike for the final seven rounds while de Angelis remained on a satellite spec bike.

** Pedrosa changed from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres for the final five rounds, Hayden remained on Michelin tyres.

*** Rossi used Bridgestone tyres, Lorenzo used Michelin tyres.

**2008 v 2007.***Who did better this year than last? Whose 2008 team change turned bad? 2008 v 2007 for wins, podiums, championship position and points. Only includes full time riders for both seasons. Ranking by points.*

Key: +1 means one more than in 2007, = means the same number as in 2007, -1 means one less than in 2007 etc

1. **Valentino Rossi:** **+5** (wins) **+8** (podiums) **+2** (championship) **+132** (points)

2. **Shinya Nakano:** **=** (wins) **=** (podiums) **+8** (championship) **+79** (points)

3. **Nicky Hayden:** **=** (wins) **-1** (podiums) **+2** (championship) **+28** (points)

4. **Colin Edwards:** **=** (wins) **=** (podiums) **+2** (championship) **+20** (points)

5. **Sylvain Guintoli:** **=** (wins) **=** (podiums) **+3** (championship) **+17** (points)

6. **Dani Pedrosa:** **=** (wins) **+3** (podiums) **-1** (championship) **+7** (points)

7. **Toni Elias:** **=** (wins) **=** (podiums) **=** (championship) **-12** (points)

8. **Randy de Puniet:** **=** (wins) **-1** (podiums) **-4** (championship) **-47** (points)

9. **Loris Capirossi:** **-1** (wins) **-3** (podiums) **-3** (championship) **-48** (points)

10. **Chris Vermeulen:****-1** (wins) **-2** (podiums) **-2** (championship) **-51** (points)

11. **Casey Stoner:** **-4** (wins) **-3** (podiums) **-1** (championship) **-87** (points)

12. **John Hopkins:** **=** (wins) **-4** (podiums) **-12** (championship) **-132** (points)

13. **Marco Melandri:** **=** (wins) **-3** (podiums) **-12** (championship) **-136** (points)

**Bike v Bike.***2008 tally of wins, podiums, poles and fastest laps for each bike*

1.**Yamaha YZR-M1:** **10** (wins) **24** (podiums) **7** (poles) **6** ('laps)

2.**Ducati Desmosedici GP8:** **6** (wins) **13** (podiums) **9** (poles) **9** ('laps)

3.**Honda RC212V:** **2** (wins) **14** (podiums) **2** (poles) **3** ('laps)

4.**Suzuki GSV-R:** **0** (wins) **3** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

5.**Kawasaki ZX-RR:** **0** (wins) **0** (podiums) **0** (poles) **0** ('laps)

**Bridgestone v Michelin.***How the 18 race wins, 54 podium finishes, 18 pole positions and 18 fastest laps were divided between the two tyre manufacturers.*

**Bridgestone:** **15** (wins) **35** (podiums) **12** (poles) **14** ('laps)**Michelin:** **3** (wins) **19** (podiums) **6** (poles) **4** ('laps)

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