Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rossi's crashes - Indianapolis by numbers

Rossi is pictured crashing the factory Yamaha at the circuit in 2009

1. Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo has finished on the podium in each of the three years that a MotoGP race has been held at the Indianapolis circuit

His 3rd place finish in 2008 was his first wet weather podium in any class of Grand Prix racing

In 2009 he won by over nine seconds after taking the lead on lap nine

Finished 3rd last year at Indianapolis after getting a bad start from second on the grid and finishing the first lap in 5th

The Indianapolis GP last year was the only event of 2010 that Lorenzo was both out-qualified by this year?s team-mate Spies and finished behind him in the race

4. Andrea Dovizioso

Dovizioso was fifth and the first non-factory rider across the line at Indianapolis in 2008, having led a MotoGP race for the first time at the end of the first lap

In 2009 he finished fourth, just half a second off the podium after qualifying down in eighth place on the grid

Finished 5th last year at Indianapolis after getting a great start and ending the first lap 2nd before slowly dropping back through the field

Has only twice failed to finish in the top four so far in 2011 ? 12th at Jerez and 5th at Laguna Seca

5. Colin Edwards

Edwards was the last point-scoring finisher at Indianapolis in 2008 struggling with machine set-up

In 2009 he finished 5th at Indianapolis after being as high as third early in the race

Last year he pitted at the end of the 11th lap to change to a softer tyre. He rejoined the race only to retire at the end of lap 16

7. Hiroshi Aoyama

Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled

Finished 2nd at Indianapolis on his way to winning the 250cc world title in 2009

Last year was 12th in the MotoGP race at Indianapolis; his first race back following his Silverstone crash

8. Hector Barbera

Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled

Finished 6th in the 250cc race at Indianapolis in 2009 after getting a bad start from 4th on the grid and ending the first lap down in 13th

Last year qualified down in 16th for the MotoGP race at Indianapolis, but improved in the race to finish tenth

11. Ben Spies

Raced as a wild-card at Indianapolis in 2008, making the last of his three Grand Prix starts of the season on a factory Suzuki

In 2008 he qualified as the top Suzuki rider in 5th place on the grid and finished the race in 6th - the best performance by a wild-card rider in the 800cc era of MotoGP

Last year at Indianapolis he qualified on pole for the first time in MotoGP and finished 2nd ? his best result of 2010

14. Randy de Puniet

Has never been fully fit in his three previous visits to Indianapolis

He finished 13th in 2008 suffering with a wrist injury picked up in a crash at the previous race at Misano

In 2009 he was 12th while still recovering from the ankle that he had broken a month previously when riding a motocross bike

Last year he finished 13th while still not fully recovered from the broken leg sustained at the German GP six weeks earlier

17. Karel Abraham

His only previous race start at Indianapolis is in the 250cc race in 2009 when he finished 10th

Last year he went out in FP1 but realised that he had not fully recovered from concussion suffered in a crash two weeks earlier at Brno and withdrew from the race

19. Alvaro Bautista

Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled

Finished 3rd in the 250cc race at Indianapolis in 2009 behind current MotoGP rivals Simoncelli and Aoyama

Last year at Indianapolis he was 8th, after finishing the first lap down in 13th place

24. Toni Elias

Finished 12th in the MotoGP race at Indianapolis in 2008 from 9th place on the grid

In 2009 he finished 9th after being pushed off the track at the first corner and dropping to the back of the field

Won the Moto2 race last year at Indianapolis despite suffering from a severe fever

26. Dani Pedrosa

Finished 8th at Indianapolis in 2008 in his first ride using Bridgestone tyres, after having used Michelin tyres during the early part of the year

In 2009 Pedrosa qualified on pole and led the race until crashing on the 4th lap; he re-started at the back of the pack and eventually finished 10th

Last year he qualified in 5th place on the grid but won the race after taking the lead on lap seven

27. Casey Stoner

Stoner was 4th at Indianapolis in 2008, after starting from 2nd place on the grid

In 2009 the Indianapolis Grand Prix was one of the three races that he missed suffering from illness

Last year he was 6th on the grid, equalling his worst qualifying result of the year

Made a bad start at Indianapolis last year and ended lap one down in 9th and then crashed on lap seven after moving up to 6th position

Has finished on the podium at the last nine successive races

35. Cal Crutchlow

Will be racing at the Indianapolis circuit for the first time

46. Valentino Rossi

Rossi?s win at Indianapolis in 2008 gave him the record for most premier-class GP victories with 69, one more than Giacomo Agostini who had held the record for 32 years

In 2009 Rossi crashed at turn two on lap ten, having lost the lead to Lorenzo on the previous lap

Crashed three times last year at Indianapolis ? in FP2, in qualifying and Sunday morning warm-up

Finished 4th last year at Indianapolis from seventh place on the grid

58. Marco Simoncelli

Did not compete at Indianapolis in 2008 due to the 250cc race being cancelled, having qualified on pole position

In 2009 he won the 250cc race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix

Last year he qualified in 8th for the MotoGP race at Indianapolis and finished in 7th place

Finished 3rd at the Czech GP ? his first podium in the premier-class in his 29th MotoGP start

65. Loris Capirossi

Capirossi finished 16th at Indianapolis in 2008 after being pushed wide at the first corner and dropping to the back of the field

In 2009 he got a bad start and finished the first lap down in 14th but battled back through the pack to eventually finish seventh

Last year at Indianapolis he qualified 10th on the grid and finished 11th

69. Nicky Hayden

Hayden has twice finished on the podium at the Indianapolis Grand Prix

At Indianapolis in 2008 he finished second after leading the race from the second lap through to lap thirteen

In 2009 his third place finish at Indianapolis was his first podium riding a Ducati

Last year he qualified on the front row for the first time on a Ducati, but was slowed after tearing his left kneeslider off on the 3rd lap and finished sixth
Martin Raines, MotoGP / Eurosport


Source: http://www.zimbio.com/MotoGP/articles/P37Hs-2ShF-/Rossi+crashes+Indianapolis+numbers

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