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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the three races at the Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the three races at the Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi

125

> Ui takes his sixth pole of the year and his first pole since the Italian Grand Prix in June.

> Manuel Poggiali is the only rider to have taken back-to-back wins in the 125 class this year, having won the last two rounds.

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

> Masao Azuma, who won the first ever Grand Prix held at the Motegi circuit in 1999, has qualified on third place on the grid, his best qualifying result of the year and only the third time he has qualified on the front row in 2001 (the other two front row starts being Donington and Suzuka).

> Daniel Pedrosa´s seventh place on the grid is his best ever qualifying result in MotoGP.

250

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

> Tetsuya Harada is starting from pole position for the seventh time in 2001. This is Harada´s 20th pole position of his Grand Prix career, including one in the 500 class at the Italian Grand Prix in 1999. Harada has not previously raced at the Motegi circuit on a 250.

> With eight wins already this year Katoh needs just two more to equal the record for number of wins in a season in the 250 class currently held jointly by Mike Hailwood and Anton Mang.

> Jeremy McWilliams needs to score just 10 more points to become only the second British rider ever to score more than 100 points in a season in the 250 class. The only previous British rider to score more than 100 points is Rod Gould, who scored a total of 124 points in winning the title in 1970.

> Roberto Locatelli is the only rider currently in the 250 class who has won at Motegi, having won the 125 race last year from pole position.

500

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

> Capirossi starts from pole position for the third time this year, which includes the other Japanese race at Suzuka.

> Alex Barros is scheduled to make his 160th Grand Prix start on a 500. Only Jack Findlay has started more races in the 500 class.

> If Kenny Roberts should win the race it will be the first time since 1993 that Suzuki will have had two different riders win in the same season.

Tags:
125cc, 2001

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