Andrea Dovizioso will take part in his 300th Grand Prix at Mugello, having run 201 races in MotoGP, 49 in 250 and as many in 125. A significant achievement that few riders can boast and one that puts him on the podium of motorcycle riders with the longest careers.
The podium is all Italian, with Valentino Rossi firmly in the lead at 388 GP followed by Loris Capirossi on 328. Among the riders competing today, Jorge Lorenzo stands out, fifth with 287 GP and soon set to overtake fourth-placed Dani Pedrosa, on 295.
Simone Corsi will enter the top ten at Mugello, overtaking Hector Barberà at what is his home race.
In the meantime, let's celebrate Dovizoso with some interesting facts about his career:
- Andrea Dovizioso has taken part in 32.3% of the 928 Grand Prix events staged since the start of the World Championship series back in 1949.
- Andrea Dovizioso has the fifth longest winning career of all time, tied with Jorge Lorenzo: it’s 14 years 326 days between his first win in the 125cc class in South Africa in 2004 and his latest MotoGP™ win in Qatar earlier this year.
- Andrea Dovizioso has finished in a point-scoring position 259 times.
- 2019 is his 18th year as a full-time GP rider. Valentino Rossi holds the record with 24 seasons so far.
- During his career, Dovizioso has competed at 28 different Grand Prix circuits. Of these 28 circuits, he has taken at least one GP win at 16 of them.
- The circuit at which Dovizioso has had most GP wins is Donington, where he has won three times.
- He has won GP races on four different motorcycles: 125cc Honda, 250cc Honda, 800cc Honda (RC212V) and 990cc Ducati.
- The circuit at which Dovizioso has made most GP starts is Mugello, where he has appeared 18 times since his first Grand Prix appearance at the Italian GP back in 2001.
- He is still in sixth place on the list of the youngest riders to win the lightweight World Championship at the age of 18 years 201 days.
- Dovizioso, who is equal with Mick Doohan with 95 podium finishes, needs just five more top three finishes to become just the 10th rider in GP history to reach the milestone of 100 podium finishes.