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Interesting stats and facts ahead of the 125cc GP of France

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the 125cc GP of France

Interesting stats and facts ahead of the 125cc GP of France

There have been 10 GPs in the 125cc class since a rider has won consecutive races; the last being Arnaud Vincent when he triumphed at Donington and Sachsenring last year. Vincent's eighth place on the grid is the best qualifying result so far for the new KTM machine.

Andrea Dovizioso starts from pole for the first time in his GP career, his only other front row start being at the second round of 2003 in South Africa. This is also the first pole of the year in the 125cc class for Honda. If a Honda rider takes the win at Le Mans it will be the 150th Grand Prix victory for the firm in the 125cc category. Dovizioso's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Le Mans circuit by a 125cc machine.

Youichi Ui won the 125cc GP at Le Mans in 2000 riding a Derbi. Ui has not had a podium finish since the Italian GP last year.
Jorge Lorenzo starts from the front row for the first time in his GP career; his previous best grid position was 7th at the Catalan round last year. Lorenzo is the second youngest ever rider to start a GP from the front row, only Marco Melandri ranks ahead of him. Casey Stoner starts from the front row for the first time in his GP career. The last Australian to start from the front row in the 125cc class was Garry McCoy at Imola back in 1997.

Alex De Angelis has failed to qualify for the front row of the grid for the first time this year. Thomas Luthi's 10th place on the grid is his best qualifying result in GP racing; his previous best being 17th position at the first race of the year in Japan.

Championship leader Steve Jenkner is the only rider in the 125cc class to have finished on the podium at each of the first three races of the year.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Grand Prix Polini de France

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