It’s not just the riders’ records at the Circuit of the Americas that’s of interest as we head into round three – the season has also provided some interesting stats so far. So here we go…
The third place finish for Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) in Argentina means he has now finished on the podium at least once for six successive seasons in the MotoGP™ class. Only four other British riders have had premier-class podium finishes in six or more successive seasons: Mike Hailwood, Barry Sheene, Geoff Duke and Peter Williams.
The same rider has won both of the opening two races of the year in all three classes. The last time that this happened was in 1992, when the three riders were: 125cc- Ralph Waldmann, 250cc – Luca Cadalora, 500cc – Mick Doohan.
In Argentina, Yamaha had four riders finish in the top six places for the first time since the final race of 2015 in Valencia.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) hasn’t stood on the top step of the podium since he clinched the 2016 MotoGP world title at the Japanese Grand Prix last year. During this five race period he has picked up just 38 world championship points.
Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) is one of just nine riders who has scored points in both of the two opening races of the year. His score of 17 points puts him into fourth place in the world championship classification and the highest placed of the Independent Team riders.
Neither of the Honda factory riders have finished on the podium at the first two races of the year. The last time that the Repsol Honda Team did not have a top three finish in either of the first two races of the year was in 2000.
Johann Zarco’s (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) fifth place finish in Argentina is the best result for a French rider in a fully dry MotoGP™ race since Randy de Puniet finished fourth in Catalunya in 2010.
Zarco was the first rookie across the line in Argentina, one place ahead of teammate and fellow rookie Jonas Folger. The last time that two rookie riders in the MotoGP class finished together in the top six was at the German Grand Prix in 2013, won by Marc Marquez with Bradley Smith in sixth.
Jonas Folger heads the rookie standings after the first two races with 16 points, which is the highest score after the first two races of the year by a rookie since Marc Marquez in 2013.
In Argentina Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) once again finished on the podium after starting from a low grid position. This was the 35th time he has finished on the podium in the premier-class after not starting from one of the top six places on the grid.
The age difference between Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammates Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi is 15 years 330 days. This is the largest age difference between the top two finishers in a premier-class grand prix race since twenty-six-year-old Giacomo Agostini won the 1969 German Grand Prix from forty-six-year-old German rider Karl Hoppe at Hockenheim.
The fastest lap of the MotoGP race in Argentina was set by Maverick Viñales with a time of 1’39.694 seconds. During the course of the race another sixteen riders set lap times within one second of this fastest lap time; the first time in a MotoGP™ race that seventeen riders have posted lap times within one second of the fastest lap of the race.