1989 – The total number of points accumulated by Jorge Lorenzo in his Grand Prix career. A top five finish for Lorenzo at the Italian GP and he will become just the 10th rider in the 63 year history of world championship motorcycle racing to reach the milestone of 2000 Grand Prix points.


349 km/h – The highest recorded maximum speed at Mugello is 349 km/h (217 mph) set by Dani Pedrosa in the first free practice session in 2009.


100% – All nine previous four-stroke MotoGP races at Mugello have been won by riders who started the race on the front row of the grid.


49 – Casey Stoner’s second place finish at the Dutch TT was the 49th time he has stood on the podium in the Moto- GP class. His next top-three finish will make him just the 12th rider of all-time to reach the milestone of 50 premier-class podium finishes.


34 years – On race day at Mugello it will be exactly 34 years since Barry Sheene, riding a Suzuki, won the 500cc class at the 1977 Belgium Grand Prix and set the fastest GP lap of all-time at an average speed of 137.1 mph (220.7 km/h).


33 years – Bradley Smith followed up his maiden Moto2 podium at Silverstone with a 3rd place at Assen. This means he is the first British rider to be on the podium at successive intermediate-class GP races since Tom Herron in 1978 when he finished second at the British GP at Silverstone followed by a third at the following GP at the Nurburgring in Germany.


25 – There have been 25 previous Grand Prix events held at the Mugello circuit, including twenty years consecutively from 1991.


15 – At least one Italian rider has stood on the podium in the premier-class race at Mugello for the last fifteen years. The last premier-class podium at Mugello without at least one Italian rider was the 500cc race in 1995.


9 – Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider across all the classes at Mugello, with a total of nine victories; one each in 125cc and 250cc classes to add to his seven successive MotoGP wins.


5 – Yamaha have been the most successful manufacturer in the four-stroke MotoGP era with five successive victories from 2004 through to 2008. Honda have had three victories in the MotoGP class at Mugello including last year, which was their first win at the circuit in the 800cc era. Casey Stoner gave Ducati their only MotoGP win at Mugello in 2009.


4 – Bradley Smith is currently 4th in the Moto2 championship classification – the highest position attained in the inter- mediate-class of Grand Prix racing by a British rider since Alan Carter was third in the championship standings following his French GP victory in 1983.


2nd – Kenan Sofuoglu finished second in the Moto2 race at the Dutch TT and in the process became the first rider from Turkey to stand on a Grand Prix podium.


2nd – Luis Salom, making his 35th GP start, finished second in the 125cc race at the Dutch TT: his first Grand Prix podium finish.


0.1 second – The first time a Grand Prix event was held at Mugello was in 1976 when the 500cc race was won by Barry Sheene, riding a Suzuki, by a margin of just 0.1 sec from Phil Read in one of the closest finishes of all time.

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