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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the Qantas Australian Grand Prix

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the Qantas Australian Grand Prix

125

> Honda have taken five wins here in 125. The only non-Honda win was Criville in 1989 on a JJ Cobas.

> Poggiali has nine podiums from the ten races he has finished this year, with two wins and a second in the last three races.

> Ui has finished on the podium for the past two years here, taking third place in 1999 and second last year.

> Masao Azuma has had two wins at Phillip Island, in 1998 and 2000.

250

> Honda, Yamaha and Aprilia have all had two wins in the 250 class at the Philip Island circuit.

> An Aprilia rider starts from pole position in the 250 class for the eighth successive race.

> This is the 13th race in 2001 that Aprilia have had at least three riders on the front row of the grid.

> Harada is starting from pole position for the eighth time this year. This is his 20th career pole in 250.

> Harada has had 11 podiums this year, one more than Katoh. The current record was set by Waldmann in ´97 with 13.

> McWilliams´ second place on the gird is his best qualifying result of 2001.

> With eight wins already this year, Katoh needs two more to equal the 250 record held jointly by Hailwood and Mang.

500

> Rossi has twice won the 250 race here and can guarantee the 500 title by finishing eighth today.

> Biaggi´s victory last year was Yamaha´s first in the 500 class at Phillip Island.

> Honda have won five 500 races here, with Gardner in ´89 and ´90, Criville in ´97, Doohan in ´98 and Okada in ´99.

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

> Biaggi starts from pole position for the seventh time this year.

> Biaggi´s pole time is the fastest ever lap of the Phillip Island circuit by a motorcycle.

> Gibernau lines up on the front row for the first time on a Suzuki - his best grid position since the Japanese GP last year.

> Barros has yet to score a podium finish in his ten starts in the 500 class in Australia.

> Jacque finished on the podium here for the past four years in 250, including a win last year to clinch the championship.

Tags:
125cc, 2001, Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana, WUP

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