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MotoGP and SBK in Austin (US), F1 in Melbourne (Australia): Italian jubilation numbers

A historic weekend for Italy has ended: Ferrari won the Formula 1 in Australia with Leclerc, Ducati won in MotoGP in Austin with Bastianini and in the Superbike in Aragon with Bautista. Let’s go through all the stats

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April 10, 2022 will be marked in the history books for an almost unique event: Ferrari wins in Formula 1and the ducati win it MotoGP And Superbiketo An all-out Italian victory. The World Superbike Championship saw the light in 1988 and Ducati entered MotoGP officially in 2003. Since then, how many times have we had these “historic days”? Only once so far, but 2022 can be considered the first time, and let’s see why.

Previous from 2003

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Ferrari and Ducati, historical double: precedents

Previous on June 15, 2003: Neil Hodgson She won both Superbike races scheduled for Silverstone with a Ducati 999 F03, Loris Capirossi He drove the Ducati Desmosedici to success for the first time in Catalonia and in the evening Michael Schumacher He won with Ferrari in Montreal. However, we must provide an explanation that makes us understand as such The date to be marked with an asterisk, because Ducati’s success in Superbike was an imposed consequence. Because? 2003 was perhaps the darkest year in the MotoGP Superbike World Championship: The Japanese manufacturers had given up on the world championships as a wholein disagreement with the new technical regulations, e Ducati alone sent an official team, so much so that that year he won all races, 24 out of 24, and in some cases cornered the top five or six when he arrived. Not to mention Oschersleben, when the top seven in both races were the prerogatives of Ducati … With a one-way starting field, it is difficult to call this date “historic”: the current scenario is completely different, with the major brands officially participating in Superbike, offering MotoGP is the shortest gap ever and with F1 releasing a new technical slate.

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So the 10th of April is actually the first time these great Italian brands have made en-plein: Leclerc in Melbourne, Bastianini in Austin and Alvaro Bautista in Aragon.

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Let’s take Superbike out of the equation: it’s Fourth time in history with Ducati and Ferrari winning on the same day. Here are the precedents:

– mentioned above on June 15, 2003 with Capirossi in Barcelona and Michael Schumacher in Montreal

– October 21, 2007, with Casey Stoner in the morning (Italian) in Sepang and winner Raikkonen at the Grand Prix and at the World Championships in an exciting final in Interlagos;

June 22, 2008 with Casey Stoner in Donington and Felipe Massa at Magny-Cours.

Of course, the number 9 podium finisher in the first three races was really exciting, but In Austin, Jack Miller was added to the listto 10 out of 12 cases we haven’t seen since 1954. log from 1951 With 11 and this is Only three seasons with at least 10 drivers on the podium after 4 races. If we believe that the two expected superstars on the upper floors of this world championship, Bajnaya and Marc Marquez, are still at zero, Expected record season.

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