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Interesting stats and figures ahead of the Arnette Africa´s Grand Prix

Interesting stats and figures ahead of the Arnette Africa´s Grand Prix

Interesting stats and figures ahead of the Arnette Africa´s Grand Prix

Mirko Giansanti´s second place in Suzuka was his first top three finish since the same Grand Prix the previous year, it was also the 12th time he has stood on the podium, even though he has yet to climb onto the top step. This situation means that amongst all the current riders in the category the Italian has the most trophies without actually notching a win . Only five riders in the 53 year history of the 125cc class have gained ten or more podiums without owning a GP. Among the group is KTM Chief engineer, Harald Bartol.

Heading this curious little group is Hans Muller with 13 podiums overall, next is Bartol and Giansanti with 12, and the last two places belong to Ralph Bryans (11) and Maurizio Massimiani (10).

Reigning Champion of the category Arnaud Vincent has taken three consecutive podiums in his last three visits to Welkom including a victory in 2000. His retirement while negotiating KTM´s first ever road race GP in Suzuka was the first time since Australia in 2001 that he has not finished in the points.
Youichi Ui crashed on the first lap of the GP at Welkom both last year and in 2000. He broke the rut with victory in 2001 and set the lap record for good measure..
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa became the youngest rider in the history of the competition to take consecutive pole positions when he clocked the fastest time at Welkom last season; he had managed the feat in the Grand Prix of Japan just a few weeks prior.

Italian Simone Corsi, scored his first ever World Championship points with 12th place in Suzuka and celebrates his 16th birthday today.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Arnette Africa's Grand Prix

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