Am WE findet der Australien-GP in Phillip Island statt, die Rennen dort sind immer denkwürdig spektakulär. Ducatis Pressemanager Julian Thomas hat dazu vorab ein interessantes Statistik-Info geschickt, dass hier gerne im O-Ton weitergereicht wird:
Ducati at Phillip Island
– 348 km/h is the highest speed that a MotoGP bike has reached at Phillip Island, a record achieved by Dovizioso in 2015.
– 4 is the number of Ducati’s consecutive victories at Phillip Island, between 2007 and 2010, and is the greatest number of times Ducati has won in a row.
– 3 is the number of Jorge Lorenzo’s victories at Phillip Island, 2 in 250cc (2006 and 2007), and one in MotoGP (2013). All of them starting from the pole position.
– One of Dovizioso’s wins was in Australia, in 2004. His best result in MotoGP is a third place in 2011 following Stoner.
– 27 practice sessions have been led by Dovizioso so far this season.
– 7 is the number of pole positions that the Ducati has racked up, making it the brand with the most poles this year. The outright record is 8 poles, which Stoner achieved in 2008.
– 7 is the number of podiums that Dovizioso has accumulated so far this season, one less than last year.
– 3 is the number of GPs that Lorenzo will miss due to his injury in Thailand, and is the first time Lorenzo won’t participate in 3 consecutive races. The previous time that Jorge missed races was because of an injury suffered in Australia in 2011, which prevented him from starting in that GP and the following one.
– 102 is the number of laps that Lorenzo has led in 2018 despite having missed the last two races.
– 1 is the number of victories that Álvaro Bautista has scored in Australia, in 2006 when he won the 125cc World Champion title.
– 1’27.899 is the lap record at Phillip Island which is in the hands of Jorge Lorenzo.
– 1989 is the year of the first Australian GP, a race that was held at the Phillip Island circuit.
– 30 is the number of GPs held in Australia including this weekend’s. All races have been held at the Phillip Island track except for the years 1991 to 1996, when the GP was raced at Eastern Creek.
– At the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, the „flag-to-flag“ rule was used for the first time, whereby riders entered the pit lane to change bikes. That race was won by the current Ducati SBK rider Marco Melandri.
– 12 is the number of corners at Phillip Island, with the curiosity being that riders only brake in 6 of them. It is the circuit in which the brakes are used the least in the entire Championship, for only 20 seconds per lap.
– Braking at the end of the finish line is the most critical of all, where speeds of 341 km/h are then decelerated to 189 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, over a distance of 231 meters.
Fotos: Ducati Corse Press und MotoGP.com