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MotoGP statistics before the races at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

MotoGP statistics before the races at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

Here are a few statistics compiled by motograndprix.com ahead of today´s three races at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal:-

125

> Poggiali starts from pole for the first time - this is also the first pole for Gilera since their return to GP racing.

> Poggiali is the sixth rider this year to take pole, the others being Ui, Cecchinello, Borsoi, Elias and Sabbatani.

> Ui starts from the front row for the tenth time in 2001. The only time he did not start from the front row was at the German GP.

> Elias is aiming for his eighth consecutive top-four finish since his first career podium at Le Mans.

250

> Both of the Telefonica Movistar Honda riders won in Portugal last year, Katoh in 250 and Alzamora in 125.

> Harada is starting from pole for the fifth successive race and for the sixth time in 2001.

> Katoh starts from the front row for the tenth time this year. The only race at which he failed to do so was at Mugello.

> Katoh´s win last year in Portugal was the fourth GP win of his career but his first ever win outside Japan.

> Katoh has scored points in 26 consecutive races.

> McWilliams has failed to finish a race since winning at the Dutch TT in June.

> Fonsi Nieto´s fourth place finish at the last round at Brno is his best ever GP result.

> Melandri´s third place finish last year in Portugal was his first ever podium finish in 250cc.

500

> The fastest 17 qualifiers have lapped quicker than the lap record and the top seven have lapped faster than the pole time from 2000.

> The top 12 riders on the grid are covered by less than one second.

> For the third time this year Italian riders have taken the top three positions on the grid.

> Italian riders continue their record of taking pole position at every 500 race in 2001.

> Biaggi starts from pole for the fourth successive race and for the fifth time this year.

> Doohan was the last rider to score four successive poles in the 500 class, back in 1998.

> If Biaggi should win he will become the first Yamaha rider since Rainey ´93 to take four 500cc wins in a single season.

> Capirossi is the only rider in all classes to have scored top ten finishes at each event in 2001.

> If Rossi should win he will become the first European since Agostini ´72 to take seven or more wins in a season in 500.

> Ukawa starts from the front row for the first time in the 500 class.

> Gibernau has qualified higher than his Suzuki team-mate Roberts for the first time.

> Roberts has failed to qualify in the top 10 on the grid for the first time since joining Suzuki in 1999.

Tags:
500cc, 2001

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