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Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

Interesting facts and statistics ahead of the race

> Casey Stoner starts from pole for the first time in his Grand Prix career. The last time an Australian rider started from pole in the 125cc class was when Garry McCoy qualified pole for the French GP at Paul Ricard in 1997. Casey Stoner also becomes the youngest Australian rider ever to start a Grand Prix from pole position and if he were to finish in the top three he would be the youngest ever Australian to finish on a GP podium.

> Stefano Perugini starts from his best grid position since he qualified in second place for the 125cc race at the Brazilian GP back in 1996. This is his first front row start since the Catalan GP in 2001 riding the Italjet machine.

> Alex De Angelis starts from the front row for the fourth time this year, which is more than any other rider in the 125cc class.

> Pablo Nieto, who celebrated his 23rd birthday last Wednesday, scored his first ever podium finish in Grand Prix racing at Mugello last year, finishing in third place after starting the race from 26th place on the grid.

> Steve Jenkner has only once failed to score points in the 20 races since the start of 2002, at the Rio GP last year when he finished 18th after crashing and re-mounting.

> Lucio Cecchinello´s sixth place finish last year at the Italian GP equalled his best result from nine GP starts at the Mugello circuit.

> Youichi Ui scored his only podium of 2002 at the Italian Grand Prix. This was the last time that he has stood on the podium.

> Gino Borsoi scored his best result of 2002 at Mugello, finishing in fifth place. In 2001 Borsoi finished second at Mugello, his best ever result in GP racing.

> If Daniel Pedrosa should win in Italy he will be the first rider to win back-to-back races in the 125cc class since Arnaud Vincent won at Donington and Sachsenring last year.

> If one of the Spanish riders takes the win, it will be the 100th Grand Prix victory for Spain in the 125cc class of GP racing.

250cc, 2003, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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