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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana

The last time two Spanish riders qualified on pole at the same Grand Prix meeting was Germany in 1996 at the Nurburgring. The two riders at that Grand Prix were Jorge Martinez in the 125 class and Alex Criville on a 500.

125

> Aprilia have won both previous 125 races in Valencia, with Gianluigi Scalvini in 1999 and Roberto Locatelli last year.

> Toni Elias´ pole time is the fastest ever lap of the Ricardo Tormo circuit by a 125.

> Toni Elias has finished on the podium seven times in the last eight races, including six races in succession.

> Simone Sanna starts from the front row for the fourth successive race.

> Lucio Cecchinello starts from the front row for the eleventh time this year. The only race at which he did not qualify in the top four was at Donington.

> Max Sabbatani starts from the front row for just the second time in his Grand Prix career in what will be his 44th GP start.

> For the first time, all three Telefonica Movistar Team riders have qualified in the top ten.

> Youichi Ui starts from his lowest grid position since he started the South African Grand Prix in 1999 from 11th place on the grid.

250

> None of the current riders in the 250 class have previously won on a 250 at the Valencia circuit.

> The same three riders, Katoh, Harada and Melandri, have finished on the podium at three successive 250 Grand Prix. . If the same three riders finish on the podium in Valencia they will set a new record, as never before in the 250 class has there been four consecutive races with the same three riders on the podium.

> Fonsi Nieto starts from pole position for the first time in his MotoGP career in what will be his 47th Grand Prix start. This is the first pole for the Valencia Circuit Aspar Team in the 250 class.

> This is the first pole in the 250 class by a Spanish rider since Carlos Cardus started from pole at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 1991.

> The last time a ‘Nieto’ started a Grand Prix race from pole was when Fonsi’s uncle Angel Nieto started from pole in the 125 race in Italy in 1983.

> Alex Debon starts from a best ever second place on the grid and his first front row start since the opening round of the year in Japan.

> This is the first time that Spanish riders have qualified one-two on the grid for a 250cc Grand Prix since the Grand Prix of Yugoslavia in 1988 when Sito Pons and Juan Garriga took the two top positions on the grid.

> Roberto Locatelli starts from the front row for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

> Tetsuya Harada starts from the front row of the grid for the ninth successive race.

> For the second time this year Aprilia have taken all four places on the front row of the grid.

500

> With all the riders in the 500 class currently using Michelin tyres this will be the 50th successive race win for the tyre company. The last non-Michelin win in the 500 class was Simon Crafar´s win at Donington back in 1998 riding a Yamaha.

> In each of the past two years the Red Bull Yamaha team have won in Valencia, with Regis Laconi in 1999 and Gary McCoy last year.

> Max Biaggi starts from pole for the fifth successive race. Christian Sarron, who scored five poles in a row back in 1988, is the only other Yamaha rider ever to score five or more successive poles in the 500 class.

> Max Biaggi´s pole time is the fastest ever lap of the Ricardo Tormo circuit by a motorcycle.

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

> The top 15 riders on the grid have lapped within the existing lap record.

> By winning in Portugal, Valentino Rossi became the first European rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to take 7 or more wins in a season in the 500 class.

> Shinya Nakano, currently the leading Rookie in the 500 class, won the 250 race in Valencia last year.

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500cc, 2001

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