Moto Gp – Stats and curiosities: 13 years after Valentino, Peco is there

After a weekend dedicated to Borgo Panigale, Bologna and Motor Valley, we decided to dedicate this Statistics and Curiosity episode to Moto Gp and its new World Champion. Francesco Bagnaia.

Peko’s venture last Sunday could for all intents and purposes be considered a renegotiation or the completion of a comeback. Fabio Quartararo Starting at the Aragon GP on September 12, 2021, the Ducati rider began to close the gap from the future Transalpine champion to the sound of victories, to just 26 points from the title. The 2022 season seems to have started with more of a déjà vu than the previous one, but this time Peko came out of his shell to complete a run-up period. 13 Gar questioned only by his own retractions (4).

Peco’s title? Bagnaya won the World Championship for the second time 2018 On the Kalex in Moto 2, but a first in Moto Gp. Ducati, on the other hand, does Poker in Moto GP, the only category ever attempted, extending the positive streak of consecutive world championships to three; The Borgo Panigale house only tries to draw the honor of the manufacturers, otherwise dominated only by the flag of the rising sun, the tricolor. The combination of the drivers’ title and the constructors’ title, on the other hand, is rare to unlock: in fact, it is only the second chance for Ducati after the double celebration in the company. Stoner Since 2007.

Then expanding the theme to “Premier Class”, this year’s result becomes history thanks to the fact that it has been exactly 50 years since an Italian rider won on an Italian bike. Valentino Rossi had tried, but after the last flash Giacomo Agostini of his MV Augusta 1972 In the end it was the turn of Francesco Bagnaia’s Ducati to repeat this exceptional result, which only England apart from Italy could boast.

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Looking at the numbers, Peco has become only the second Italian winner of the MotoGP World Championship, the last Italian victory being in 2009. Valentino Rossi In the year of his 100th victory in the world championship, he won his sixth category title, overtaking Lorenzo and Pedrosa (a record shared with Marc Marquez). Considering the premier class of the world championship, if the 500 class is included in this consideration, Pecco became the seventh Italian rider (25 years and 296 days) to win the drivers’ title after Massetti, Liberati, Agostini, Lucchinelli, Uncini and Rossi. Rosie (22 years old), Agostini (24) and Mazzetti (24).

Moto-Gp / 500 General Statistics

This is in full view of the first class of the world championship Giacomo AgostiniWith 8 titles, the best rider of all time, closely followed by Valentino Rossi 7, Marquez 6 and Doohan 5: the great Britons of the first decades of this sport. Surtees, Hail E Duke. Yes, because it may seem strange to the uninitiated to hear about English on two wheels, but until 25 years ago, Anglo-Saxon dominated the category, first for the British, then for the Americans, then for the Australians. The only constant in these 73 years of MotoGP is the most successful Italian riders in the premier class with 269 wins and 21 titles.

If it wasn’t for the Japanese, the manufacturers are largely speculative. Honda, Yamaha and MV Agusta are the pillars of MotoGP’s Olympus, but here too the Italians have been a fixture in the sport since the start of the world championship. 1949. The first edition started on June 13 of that year at the Isle of Man mountain circuit, one thing for the Italians, English and Irish, not only in the drivers as we said, but looking at the registers of the time will tell. You, but also in constructors, with Guzzi Motorcycles E Gilera Ajs, Triumph, Norton and Velocette to contend with. After just 3 editions to the English privilege, Gilera and MV Agusta thought about setting the law before the submission of Japanese motorcycles in the mid-70s. HondaYamaha’s 12 vs Suzuki’s 7: A great battle at the end.

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