Interesting facts and stats ahead of the MotoGP Dutch TT
For the fourth successive race Ducati, Honda and Yamaha all have at least one rider on the front row.
Loris Capirossi's pole position time is the fastest ever lap of the Assen circuit by a motorcycle. Capirossi starts from pole in the premier-class at Assen for the third time, having taken the position in 2000 and 2001; going on to finish third on both of these occasions. Capirossi has not won in the premier class on the six previous occasions he has started from pole. If Capirossi should win he will become the first rider to take back-to-back races since Valentino Rossi won in Portugal and then Brazil last year and the first person other than Rossi to win back-to-back races in the MotoGP class since Garry McCoy in Portugal and then Valencia in 2000.
This is the first time a non-Honda rider has qualified on pole in the premier-class at Assen since Eddie Lawson on a Cagiva in 1992.
The top eleven riders on the grid have lapped faster than the existing lap record set last year by Valentino Rossi. The top 15 riders have improved on Rossi's pole position time of last year.
Max Biaggi, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on the first day of qualifying, is starting from his highest grid position since the opening race of the year at Suzuka, when he also qualified in second place.
Valentino Rossi has finished on the podium at the last twelve consecutive races.
Carlos Checa, who was top Yamaha rider last year at Assen finishing in third place, is starting from the front row for the first time since he qualified in 4th place at the opening race of the year in Suzuka.
Olivier Jacque has had only one top ten from his seven starts at Assen in the various classes, finishing in second place in the 250cc race in 2000.
Assen is the circuit at which Alex Barros has had most success, having won in 2000 and scored four other podium finishes, on three different makes of machine; 1992 on a Cagiva, 1994 on a Suzuki, 1996 and 2002 on a Honda.
Only three riders have scored in every MotoGP race this year; Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano.
Marco Melandri, who won the 250cc race at Assen last year, took his first ever Grand Prix victory in the 125cc race at Assen in 1998.