Spain set to beat British GP win tally

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Submitted by rgo on Thu, 02/06/2011 - 14:24

SHOULD Spain achieve victories in all three classes at the upcoming race at Catalunya they will surpass Great Britain in the overall standings for Grand Prix wins by nation.

As it currently stands in the table (which can be viewed below) Great Britain are second to Italy with a total 385 wins across all the classes and Spain are sitting in third with 383 wins.

The collection of times the Union flag was raised atop the podium is down to the dominance of Britain in the first 30 years of the motorcycle sport, with names such as Hailwood, Read and Sheene building the country's reputation as a front-runner.

However with a long draught in victories in the premier class for Britain, barring the recent success of Bradley Smith and Scott Redding in the 125s, Spain has emerged as the dominant nation. Last season the country was victorious in all of the classes on five occasions on the way to winning all three championships in 2010.

Alarmingly since 1980 Britain have scored just eight GP wins in the solo classes, in the same period Spain accumulated 303 wins.

Official statistics compiled by Dr Martin Raines

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