The MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix that was held at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit and won by Spanish Dani Pedrosa (Honda) was the 3.000th race in the history of the Motorcycle World Championship.
The tournament began in 1949 - a year before Formula 1 - and in its first season the 500, 350, 250 and 125 cm3 two-stroke categories competed (currently the divisions are MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, all of them with four-stroke engines).
The first event in history was a 350 cm3 event at the Isle of Man TT, which was held on June 13, 1949 and was won by Briton Freddie Frith with a Velocette.
Then there were a total of 280 races of this displacement, in addition to 172 of 50 cm3, 47 of 80 cm3, 722 of 125 cm3, 93 of Moto3, 716 of 250 cm3, 127 of Moto2, 580 of 500 cm3 and 265 of MotoGP.
The 1.000th victory was achieved in the 50 cm3 German Grand Prix, which was held in Hockenheim, by Spanish Ángel Nieto; and number 2.000 featured Australian Mick Doohan at the 1997 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
The country that has hosted the most races is Spain with 374 Grands Prix, while the circuit that has organized the most dates is the Dutch one in Assen with 262.
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