In an eventful Pirelli French Round, major milestones and statistical trivia was never far away
The 2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is now gearing up for the final three rounds of the season after a titanic Magny-Cours hosted round nine. History was around every turn this weekend, as big names joined all-time greats, whilst records continued to be broken. Check out our stats round-up below!
870 – Jonathan Rea’s (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) podium in Race 2 was the 870th podium place for the UK in World Superbike.
217 – Rea has 217 podiums with Kawasaki after his hat-trick of top three finishes at Magny-Cours; this is now more than double the next-best Kawasaki rider in terms of podiums, Tom Sykes with 107.
199 – With a podium in Race 2 for Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) who took victory, Spain now has 199 podiums, ready to hit 200 on home turf next time out at MotorLand Aragon.
92 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) took his 92nd podium with Yamaha. With nine races remaining, he’s only eight away from 100 before he leaves the manufacturer.
70/67/11 – Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) took the USA’s 67th pole in WorldSBK, the 11th different polesitter from America. He also becomes the 70th different polesitter in WorldSBK.
51 – 51 wins for Alvaro Bautista in WorldSBK and for Ducati, one win away from Ducati’s second-most winning rider, Troy Bayliss.
40 – Estonia became the 40th country to register points in WorldSBK, courtesy of Hannes Soomer (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team), who took 15th at Magny-Cours in Race 2.
37 – Bautista, Razgatlioglu and Rea were on the podium together for 37th time, a record in WorldSBK.
37 – Razgatlioglu took his 37th win with Yamaha, ten more than the next-highest Yamaha rider, Noriyuki Haga at 27.
20 – Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) took his 20th podium in WorldSBK and with Ducati in Race 1 with P2. He’s now within striking distance of Marco Melandri’s 23 Ducati podiums, whilst he’s level with Loris Baz (Bonovo Action BMW). He’s within striking distance of the 23 achieved by Akira Yanagawa and Chris Vermeulen.
12/1 – Gerloff took his first pole position in WorldSBK, ending the USA’s 12-year wait for a pole in World Superbike; the last time was by John Hopkins at Silverstone in 2011.
4 – Toprak Razgatlioglu became the first rider to win four consecutive races at Magny-Cours in WorldSBK.
3 – Three BMWs inside the top ten on the grid after Superpole for the first time Brno 2012 – Marco Melandri started P5, Leon Haslam P7 and Michel Fabrizio in P8.
3 – The three front row starters after Superpole – Gerloff, Bautista and Rinaldi – took their first front row starts at Magny-Cours.
2 – The pole by Gerloff was the first in over two years for BMW; their last before this weekend came at Barcelona-Catalunya, achieved by Tom Sykes.
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