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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

> Honda have won the premier-class race at Mugello on thirteen occasions including the last ten years consecutively. Suzuki and Yamaha have both scored two premier-class wins at Mugello.

> Italy and USA are currently equal top in wins by nation in the premier-class of GP racing, each having taken 150 victories.

> With Tohru Ukawa in 5th place on the grid just 0.1 sec slower than pole time, this is the closest top five qualifiers ever in the premier-class.

> The top ten riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Tohru Ukawa.

> Valentino Rossi starts from pole position for the fourteenth time in the premier-class and for the third time this year. Rossi has finished on the podium at the last ten consecutive races.

> Loris Capirossi, who starts from the front row for the fourth consecutive race, has twice previously won at Mugello; in 1993 he won the 250cc race and in 2000 he was the first Italian rider to take victory in a premier-class GP at Mugello.

> Shinya Nakano starts from the front row for the first time since he qualified in second place in Germany last year riding the two-stroke Yamaha. Nakano, who won the 250cc GP at Mugello in 2000, has scored points at every race so far this year.

> Max Biaggi has only once failed to make the podium from five starts at Mugello in the premier-class. Biaggi has also won the 250cc race at Mugello on three occasions.

> If Sete Gibernau should take the race win, he will become the first rider to win back-to-back races since Valentino Rossi won in Portugal and then Brazil last year.

> Alex Hofmann´s fifteenth place on the grid is the best qualifying result so far for the Kawasaki four-stroke machine.

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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