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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

125

> Poggiali could clinch the 125 world title with victory today should Elias finish in third place or lower.

> Elias starts from pole position for the fourth time in the last eight races.

> Ui finished second here last year, losing on the final corner to Locatelli having led for most of the race.

> Pedrosa starts from the front row for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

250

> Katoh can guarantee the 250 world title by finishing within four points of closest challenger Harada.

> Katoh’s time is the fastest ever lap at Sepang by a 250 and his sixth pole position of the year.

> Fonsi Nieto will be making his 50th Grand Prix start, including four in the 125cc class.

> Alzamora starts from his best ever grid position in 250.

> Rolfo is starting on the front row for the first time in his Grand Prix career.

> With 12 podium finishes already this year, Harada needs one more to equal Waldmann´s record set in ´96.

> Locatelli is the only current 250 rider to have won at Sepang, having taken victory in 125 last year.

500

> Kenny Roberts has won both previous races at Sepang on the Suzuki.

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

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

> Capirossi starts from pole position for the fourth time this year. His pole time is the fastest ever lap of the Sepang circuit by a motorcycle.

> Rossi has taken nine victories this year. Only Doohan and Agostini have scored more 500 wins in one season.

> Biaggi can secure second place in the Championship by finishing one place ahead of Capirossi.

> McCoy starts from the front row for the first time since the second race of the year in South Africa.

> Nakano won the 250 race at Sepang last year after qualifying in fifth place on the grid.

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500cc, 2001

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