Valentino Rossi is scheduled to become the first rider in history to reach the milestone of 300 premier-class starts, in this weekend's British MotoGP at Silverstone.

From the official MotoGP stats:

  • Rossi has started 299 of the 851 premier-class (500cc/MotoGP) races that have taken place since the World Championship began in 1949, representing 35.1% of all races.
  • Rossi has competed in the premier-class at 27 different venues in 19 different countries.
  • Rossi has won premier class races at 23 different venues, the only circuits he has competed at in the premier class and not had a victory are: Austin, the Red Bull Ring, Aragon and Istanbul.
  • Rossi has finished on the podium at 26 different circuits in the premier-class, the only circuit he has competed at in the premier-class and not had a podium is the Red Bull Ring.


Riders with the most starts in the premier-class:

1. Valentino Rossi 299

2. Alex Barros 245

3. Nicky Hayden 218

4. Loris Capirossi 217

5. Colin Edwards 196

6. Carlos Checa 194

7. Dani Pedrosa 192

8. Andrea Dovizioso 171

=9. Kenny Roberts Jr 167

=9. Jorge Lorenzo 167


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