Valentino Rossi Has the Longest Winning Career in the Premier Class
When it comes to overall wins, Rossi is still well behind the all-time record of 122 victories held by Giacomo Agostini, but if we count the podiums, the Doctor is the rider with the most top 3 placements, with 179 versus Agostini’s 159.
However, the 2013 MotoGP season could bring down Loris Capirossi’s record for the longest time between the first and the last win. Capirossi had 17 years and 49 days between his first and his last GP victories, while Rossi is now at 16 years and 345 days between his inaugural victory in the 125 Czech GP at Brno in 1996 and his latest accolade in the Netherlands at Assen.
If Valentino Rossi wins at Sepang in Malaysia on October 13th, then he will become the rider with the longest win span in the series.
As for the Premier Class, Rossi already has the longest victory span, with 12 years and 355 days spent between his initial 500GP victory at Donington Park in 2000 and the Assen success. With his Dutch victory, Rossi sends Alex Barros down to the second position in this top with 11 years and 204 days, while Phil Read is in the third place with 11 years and 16 days.
Some said the MotoGP was to be boring this year, but it looks like they were so wrong…