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Interesting facts and figures ahead of the Arnette Africa´s MotoGP

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the Arnette Africa´s MotoGP

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the Arnette Africa´s MotoGP

Sete Gibernau starts from pole position for only the second time in his Grand Prix career, the other occasion also being in South Africa during 2000. Gibernau´s second place finish at the Welkom circuit in 1999 is his best ever dry weather GP result. The Spaniard´s pole time is the fastest ever lap of the Welkom circuit by a motorcycle, almost 1.5 sec faster than the best lap from previous years. The top 19 riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record.

Loris Capirossi has had more podium results in the premier-class in South Africa than at any other circuit, having finished in the top three for the last three years. In Japan Capirossi scored Ducati´s first podium since 1972. If Capirossi, Max Biaggi or Valentino Rossi should take victory it will be the 150th win for Italian riders in the premier class, which is equal to the number of victories by riders from USA who currently top the table of wins by nation.

Troy Bayliss´ fifth place finish in Japan is the best MotoGP result for an ex-World-Superbike-Champion since John Kocinski finished in fifth place at the German GP in 1999.
Shinya Nakano´s fifth place on the grid is his best qualifying result since he placed 2nd in Germany last year when he was still riding the 2-stroke Yamaha. Nakano won the 250cc race in South Africa in 2000.
Tohru Ukawa took his only Grand Prix win in the MotoGP class in South Africa last year, having finished third at Welkom in 2001, his only podium finish in his debut season in the premier-class.

Colin Edwards´ sixth place finish at Suzuka is the best result achieved by the Aprilia four-stroke machine.
Jeremy McWilliams has qualified in 13th place on the grid with the fastest ever lap of the Welkom circuit by a two-stroke machine.

With Andrew Pitt in 20th place on the grid just 1.954 seconds slower than pole position, this is just the third time ever in the premier class that the top 20 riders have been covered by less than 2 seconds, the other two occasions being in Germany and Australia last year. Gary McCoy, who has taken the final place on the grid less that 2.4 sec behind the pole position time, scored his first ever premier-class GP win in South Africa in 2000.

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MotoGP, 2003, Arnette Africa's Grand Prix

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