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Friday, 12 February 2016
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Rossi under attack... from Doohan

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Valentino Rossi - GPOne.comThe upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, April 29th, at Jerez, will be Valentino Rossi's 200th race in the premier class.

Rossi is the only active rider to have raced on, and won with, the old 500cc two-strokes, the first 990cc MotoGP's, and the 800's, winning a total of 79 times in the process. It's a number which gives him, based on the total number of GP's entered, an absolutely incredible 39.6% win ratio.

Perhaps if he had stayed with Yamaha, the Doctor could have kept this number even higher, but his last trip to the top step of the podium came on October 10th, 2010, in Sepang. So that makes 22GP's since his most recent success, which is surely another reason behind his recent declarations of frustration at Qatar.

To make matters worse, the statistics say that unless Valentino can win in the next two rounds, he will lose the top spot in the win % standings. That honor would again go to Michael Doohan, who held the position before Rossi's rise to stardom.  The Australian rider managed to triumph in 54 of his 137 premier class races on the Honda, which gives him a win ratio of 39.4%.

Giving Rossi some small comfort is the fact that his current rivals, Stoner and Lorenzo, are still a little bit behind. Indeed, Casey is currently at 32.7%, while Jorge is at 26.5%, so they still have some winning to do before they can overtake the Italian.