2013 MotoGP: Le Mans, the Statistics
So, there we are, with no less than 25 MotoGP races on the historic circuit, and MotoGP has some really nifty data for us.
Dani Pedrosa has a lot to do with this race, as he could pass the 3000 mark for Grand Prix points won in all classes. He now is at 2986 and in case he finishes in top three, there he is, even if he still has Rossi and Capirossi ahead, with 4604 and 3215 point, respectively.
Still with Pedrosa figures, his Jerez victory was number 46 in his GP career, all aboard Honda bikes. He thus surpassed Jim Redman, but still has some catching up to do if he wants to beat Mick Doohan in this. Doohan won 54 times on Honda machinery.
44 years ago, on the very day of the qualifying, locals will celebrate the first victory of a Frenchman in the Grand Prix: Jean Aureal won the 125cc race in 1969. 28 years will have passed on race day since Christian Sarron won his one and only 500cc GP race in Hockenheim, thus ending a series of no less than 28 wins for US riders, the longest one-nation series in the premier class.
The last 11 races across all classes have been won by Spanish riders, and some say this year it's going to be an Italian to win in Le Mans, given that the first three races in the 2013 season had three winners. The first 9 GP races of the year had 9 winners across the three classes.
And judging numbers could go on until the very race day. Some bet Rossi will win in Le Mans. What's your guess? We here are balanced between Marquez and The Doctor...