MotoGP Catalunya 2018 stats:
500 – Last year’s one was the 500th top-class race with at least one Honda bike on the podium.
119 – No one has led more than Rossi at this track: 119 laps to Lorenzo’s 113.
42 – Honda riders climbed 42 times on the podium here: Yamaha’s ones follow at 25.
30 – Dani Pedrosa last year recorded here is 30th top-class pole.
22 – The only retirement for Valentino Rossi at Catalunya came 22 years ago, in the 125cc class, when he was taken down by Masaki Tokudome on the opening lap.
13 – Valentino Rossi climbed on the MotoGP podium 13 times out of 17 at Barcelona.
16 – Honda is the fastest bike in qualifying here: they recorded 16 poles, more than the sum of their rivals (10).
12 – Yamaha is the most successful manufacturer here with 12 wins to Honda’s 10.
10 – Rossi won 10 times across all classes at Catalunya, the first one came 21 years ago in the 125cc class, the last one in 2016.
10 – Ducati won again at the Catalunya track last year after a wait of 10 years (2007-2017).
9-1 – Daniel Pedrosa climbed on the podium 9 times at Barcelona in the MotoGP class, but won there only in 2008.
9 – Jorge Lorenzo always started from the front row here, 9 times, recording pole in 2009 and 2010. It’s a record value for this track: Rossi follows at 8.
8 – The last win from pole at the Catalunya track came in 2010 (Jorge Lorenzo), eight years ago.
8 – Last year Rossi recorded his worst finishing spot at the Catalunya circuit, as he was 8th at the flag.
7 – Rossi won 7 times in the top-class at Barcelona: he won 8 times in MotoGP only at Assen.
7 – Seven years ago, on the 5th of June 2011, the late Marco Simoncelli recorded his maiden MotoGP pole at Catalunya.
7 – The only non-Honda/Yamaha podium of the last seven editions was Dovizioso’s win last year.
4 – Lorenzo won 4 times here: the only tracks where he won more MotoGP races are Mugello (6 wins) and Le Mans (5).
4 – When Jorge Lorenzo reached the chequered flag at Barcelona at the end of a MotoGP race, he was always classified in the top-4 (8 times).
3-2 – In his last seven races here Lorenzo qualified only third or second.
3 – Three years ago Aleix Espargarò recorded Suzuki’s only pole at this track and the only pole for Suzuki in MotoGP since 2007.
2 – Only two riders were able to win here starting from 7th, the lowest grid position for a win at the Catalunya track: Alex Crivillé in 1995 and Andrea Dovizioso last year.