Valentino Rossi
May 29

Video: MotoGP Le Mans podium all crashed in Mugello last year

The at marks an important weekend for all three podium finishers: (1st), (2nd) and (3rd).

Mugello remains one of two circuits Marquez does not have a podium on and serves as the home race for nine-time champion Valentino Rossi, who crashed out in a collision with Bautista at this circuit last year.

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May 28

300 races later: Rossi’s stats put Marquez on toes entering Mugello

17-year-old Valentino Rossi en route to his first Grand Prix victory in the 125cc class in August 1996. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Allsport/Getty Images)

17-year-old en route to his first Grand Prix victory in the 125cc class in August 1996. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Allsport/Getty Images)

Sunday’s sixth round of the 2014 season will see nine-time champion Valentino Rossi make his 300th Grand Prix start in the 838th official race … meaning that the Doctor will have started in 35.8 percent of all Grand Prix events, reports Gregory Haines.

Meanwhile, , who has won all five MotoGP races in 2014, admits that will be a challenge for him after suffering multiple crashes on this circuit last year.

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May 26

MotoGP: Rossi ready to battle Marquez in 300th Grand Prix start

Nine-time Grand Prix champion Valentino Rossi has yet to win a race this season, and currently sits 44 points behind Marquez in the standings. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Nine-time Grand Prix champion has yet to win a race this season, and currently sits 44 points behind Marquez in the standings. (Photo courtesy .com)

As MotoGP™ heads to , for what is always one of the most anticipated rounds on the calendar, Valentino Rossi is all set for his 300th Grand Prix appearance – having achieved his 150th premier class podium last time out at .

Following the race in France, in which Rossi finished second to the victorious , he was already looking forward to the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM and another chance to battle with the in-form World Champion and standings leader, this time in front of the passionate Italian crowd.

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May 22

MotoGP: Rossi on Marquez brilliance and Lorenzo mindset

LE MANS, FRANCE - MAY 18: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP speaks during the press conference after the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Of France - Race on May 18, 2014 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

, who has won nine titles since his debut in the 125 class in 1996, speaks during the press conference after the race in , France. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi, who will be making his 300th start in his home race at next weekend, has joked that he wishes he had met earlier in his career, having witnessed the fantastic form of the current MotoGP™ World Champion.

The seven-time premier class title winner again finished second to the Spaniard in the fifth round of the World Championship at Le Mans in France last Sunday.

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May 18

MotoGP: Rossi Celebrates 150th Career Premier Class Podium

Valentino Rossi sprays champagne on the podium after finishing second in the Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

sprays champagne on the podium after finishing second in the Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

In his 299th Grand Prix appearance Valentino Rossi led the race for several laps and secured his 150th premier-class podium in second place.

Rossi pushed hard from the start of the fifth race of the year, getting into the lead in the early stages from fifth on the grid, capitalizing on a mistake from eventual race winner .

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