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Interesting facts and figures ahead of the 125cc Dutch TT

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the 125cc Dutch TT

Interesting facts and figures ahead of the 125cc Dutch TT

The only win for an Aprilia rider at Assen in the 125cc class was when Valentino Rossi claimed victory in 1997. Honda have taken the 125cc race at Assen twelve times in the past fourteen years.

Dani Pedrosa starts from pole position for the first time in 2003, his last pole being at the final race of last year at Valencia. Pedrosa took his first ever Grand Prix win last year at Assen. If Pedrosa should repeat his success he will be the first rider to win back-to-back races in the 125cc class since Arnaud Vincent at Donington and Sachsenring last year; which is 13 races without a back-to-back winner.

Alex De Angelis starts from the front row for the fifth time in 2003, more than any other rider in the 125cc class. Steve Jenkner starts from the front row for the first this year. His third place on the grid equals his best ever grid position from Catalunya and Motegi in 2002.

Thomas Luthi sits on his best ever grid position in his GP career. His previous highest was 10th at Le Mans earlier in the year. Luthi's podium finish at the Catalan GP was the first top three result in motorcycle Grand Prix racing for a Swiss rider since Heinz Luthi (no relation) finished third at the German GP at Hockenheim in 1991. The last Swiss rider to win in the 125cc class was Bruno Kneubuhler at Anderstorp for the Swedish GP in 1983.

Only three riders have scored in every 125cc GP this year; Daniel Pedrosa, Mirko Giansanti and Gino Borsoi.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Gauloises Dutch TT

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