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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan

· Hiroshi Aoyama is the first wild-card rider to start from pole in the 250cc class since Marcellino Lucchi qualified at the front of the grid at Mugello in 2000. The last Honda rider to start from pole in a 250cc GP was Daijiro Kato in Malaysia in 2001.

· Aoyama used Bridgestone tyres to grab pole position, this being the first non-Dunlop pole in 250cc GP racing since Tetsuya Harada used Michelin tyres at Suzuka in 1996.

· For the first time since the GP of Portugal in 2000 there are no Aprilia riders on the front row for a 250cc Grand Prix.

· Wild-card riders have won the 250cc Grand Prix three times in the past five visits to Suzuka; Daijiro Kato in 1997 and 1998, and Osami Miyasaki last year.

· Eighteen-year-old Katsuyuki Nakasuga has qualified in second place on the grid in what is only his second Grand Prix. If he should go on to win the race he would be the second youngest ever winner in the 250cc class after Britain's Alan Carter who won the French GP in 1983. $$$ · Alex Debon makes his first front row start since the Grand Prix of Valencia in 2001.

· Randy De Puniet and Naoki Matsudo are the only two riders currently in the 250cc class who have previously finished on the podium of a 250cc GP at Suzuka.

· At the Pacific GP last year wild-card rider Yuki Takahashi became the third youngest rider ever, after Marco Melandri and Mike Hailwood, to score a podium finish in 250cc GP racing.

Tags:
250cc, 2003, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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