Here’s the stats that matter most ahead of this weekend’s French round of the World Superbike championship at Magny Cours.
For six years it’s been the Brits who have ruled qualifying – so finger’s crossed the lads can keep up the charge.
Here you go then, here’s the stats so that you can know more than the experts at hand. Good stuff.
25 – This year’s race weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the first visit to Magny-Cours back in 1991, when both races were dominated by Doug Polen.
14 – Out of the 28 races that have taken place here, Ducati recorded the fastest race lap in half of them (14).
13 – The most successful manufacturer at Magny-Cours up to now has been Ducati, with 13 wins. All the other makes combined have won 15 races.
7 – Seven different manufacturers have claimed pole here, with Aprilia joining the party last year.
6 – In the last six years, only British riders have started from pole in Magny-Cours: Cal Crutchlow (2010), Jonathan Rea (2011), Tom Sykes (2012-2014) and Leon Haslam (2015).
5 – The most successful rider to have ever raced here is Noriyuki Haga, with five wins from 2004 to 2009.
4 – Four is the record number of front row starts here and is shared by Brits Jonathan Rea and James Toseland.
4 – Kawasaki is the only manufacturer to have recorded four poles here (1991, 2012, 2013, 2014).
3 – There are three WorldSBK Magny-Cours winners in the current field: Tom Sykes (3), Sylvain Guintoli (2) and Jonathan Rea (2).
3 – Tom Sykes holds the record for most pole positions at Magny Cours: 3 to Troy Corser and James Toseland with 2.
2 – Only two riders among the current field have started from pole here: Kawasaki Racing Team duo Tom Sykes (2012, 2013, 2014) and Jonathan Rea (2011).
2 – There are only two riders who have managed three straight wins at Magny-Cours: Noriyuki Haga (a double in 2007 and Race 1 in 2008) and Tom Sykes (Race 2 in 2012 and a double in 2013). Jonathan Rea is in the position to challenge this record as he recorded the double last year.
1 – Despite recording 13 wins at this track, Ducati have started from pole only in the 2003 weekend, when James Toseland recorded his maiden WorldSBK pole.
1 – The only French winner at Magny-Cours has been Sylvain Guintoli (2012 Race 1; 2014 Race 1).
0.004 – Last year pole position was decided by only 0.004 seconds in favour of Leon Haslam from Jonathan Rea: that is the fourth smallest margin for a pole in WorldSBK history.
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