Marc Marquez is a unique case in the modern history of MotoGP, however, he has a common feature with Miguel Oliveira, who tracks him in statistics. So the two men are unbeatable when it comes to seeing a course on the calendar for the first time. The Honda official and works driver are currently the only active riders to boast of opening prize lists in the main Grand Prix category. A regularity that will be tested next July for the first ever Finnish Grand Prix on the new KymiRring…
Since 2002, 11 circuits have debuted on the Grand Prix calendar, but only two current drivers have taken first wins. The latest event of its kind dates back to the return of elite-level motorcycle racing to Indonesia, last weekend, after a 25-year wait. The reunion proved to be a resounding success and the MotoGP frenzy spread across the island nation. Last Sunday, more than 60,000 people were not afraid of the conditions to see Miguel Oliveira and his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing take the win on the wet Mandalika track.
In addition to his first win of the season, the Portuguese star also had the honor of being the first driver to win a MotoGP race at Pertamina Mandalika. Oliveira begins to get into the habit of accomplishing such feats, having also won the first MotoGP visit to the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao in 2020which means he claims two out of two on new tracks during his top class career.
This record places him second on the list of victories on the new circuits of the MotoGP era, along with an eight-time world champion. Mark Marquez tops the list with three wins. The Repsol Honda driver has first wins at the Austin American Grand Prix in 2013, Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina in 2014 and the Buriram International Circuit in Thailand in 2018. Among his many sports awards.
Marc Marquez leads 3-2 ahead of Miguel Oliveira.
Since 2002, six more tracks have debuted on the MotoGP calendar. The already traditional opening of the season, and then the thirteenth round of the 2004 season in Qatar, won for the first time Sete Gibernau and Honda RC211V. In 2005, at the Shanghai International Circuit in China, the first race fell into the hands of Valentino Rossiand later in the same season Marco Melandri won the first ever Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul Park.
Three years later, Russia won at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before debuting the MotorLand Aragon in 2010. Casey Stoner on the top step of the podium for the last time with Ducati. In 2016, the Red Bull Ring in Austria entered the calendar. Andrea Iannone win there. Of course, there are racetracks that have been in the past and are back after 500cc, such as the Twin Ring Motegi. Replacing the iconic Suzuka International Speedway as the venue for the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix, Makoto Tamada on a Honda, riding a Japanese motorcycle on Japanese tires in his homeland, made a splash in the Land of the Rising Sun. Silverstone Circuit is another circuit that returned to the calendar after a long absence and with a new look in 2010. Jorge Lorenzo like a winner.
Winning a race in the top category is always a milestone, but winning the first Grand Prix of a new circuit is truly unique. We won’t have to wait too long for it to happen again because Finland is gearing up to host the northernmost event of the season at KymiRing next July. Oliveira has established himself as a recent master of new tracks, can he match the impressive track record Mark Marquez who can also improve their specialty score, or will we add a new name to the list of already established pilots?